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Das Rheingold

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OpernhausLeipzig, Saxony, D 04109, Germany
January 15, May 20 at 17:00
Oper Leipzig
Ulf SchirmerConductor
Rosamund GilmoreDirector
Carl-Friedrich OberleSet Designer
Nicola ReichertCostume Designer
Iain PatersonBass-baritoneWotanJan 15
Tuomas PursioBaritoneWotanMay 20
Anooshah GolesorkhiBaritoneDonner
Alvaro ZambranoTenorFroh
Thomas MohrTenorLoge
Kay StiefermannBaritoneAlberichJan 15
Werner Van MechelenBaritoneAlberichMay 20
Dan KarlströmTenorMime
Sebastian PilgrimBassFasoltMay 20
Stephan KlemmBassFasoltJan 15
James MoellenhoffBassFafner
Kathrin GöringMezzo-sopranoFrickaJan 15
Karin LoveliusMezzo-sopranoFricka, ErdaMay 20
Gal JamesSopranoFreia
Marina PrudenskayaMezzo-sopranoErdaMay 20
Sandra JankeContraltoFlosshilde
Magdalena HinterdoblerSopranoWoglinde
Sandra MaxheimerMezzo-sopranoWellgunde
Michael RögerLighting Designer
Christian GeltingerDramaturgy
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Conceived as a preliminary evening to Wagner’s interpretation of world mythology, »Das Rheingold« introduces the central themes of this tetralogy: »Only he who renounces the power of love« can form the Rheingold into a ring that promises its bearer power over the world. It is the low E-flat in the strings that gives us the musical manifestation of the idea of a natural primitive state. But once Alberich steals the Rheingold, a chain of events are set in motion: Wotan’s megalomaniacal plan to build a structure representative of gods’ long-lost authority is followed by Alberich’s betrayal at Wotan and Loge’s hand and Alberich’s subsequent curse. The murder of Fasolt by his brother Fafner ensues. Not even Erda, with her wisdom and warning, can stop the chain of events from unfurling.

To coincide with the Wagner anniversary in 2013, the Oper Leipzig kicks off a new staged production of the Ring des Nibelungen, together with the Gewandhaus Orchestra under the direction of Intendant and General Music Director Prof. Ulf Schirmer. Das Rheingold isn’t just the shortest of the four operas, but also the most comical. Gods are, after all, just like men…

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