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Work: Das Rheingold

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ComposerWagner, Richard (1813-1883)
PeriodRomantic
Year1869
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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BrisbaneThe Ring Cycle: Das Rheingold

The Ring Cycle: Das Rheingold
Wagner: Das Rheingold
Philippe Auguin; Chen Shi-Zheng; Opera Australia; Anita Yavich; Vitalij Kowaljow; Michael Honeyman; Dean Bassett

LeipzigDas Rheingold

© Tom Schulze
Wagner: Das Rheingold
Ulf Schirmer; Rosamund Gilmore; Oper Leipzig; Carl-Friedrich Oberle; Nicola Reichert; Iain Paterson; Tuomas Pursio

MunichDas Rheingold

© Wilfried Hösl
Wagner: Das Rheingold
Valery Gergiev; Andreas Kriegenburg; Bavarian State Opera; Harald Thor; Andrea Schraad; John Lundgren; Milan Siljanov

BayreuthDas RheingoldNew production

Wagner: Das Rheingold
Pietari Inkinen; Valentin Schwarz; Andrea Cozzi; Andy Besuch; Günther Groissböck; Raimund Nolte

ParisL'Or du RhinNew production

Wagner: Das Rheingold
Philippe Jordan; Calixto Bieito; Opéra national de Paris; Rebecca Ringst; Ingo Krügler; Iain Paterson; Lauri Vasar
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A defiant Deutsche Oper's reduced open-air Rheingold

Padraic Rowan (Donner/Froh), Tobias Kehrer (Fafner), A. Schlicht (Fricka), Flurina Stucki (Freia) © Bernd Uhlig
Deutsche Oper Berlin returns in rousing style with a pared-down, open-air Rheingold on its “Parkdeck”.
****1
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Salonen's Helsinki Rheingold celebrates Finnish vocal talent

Jukka Rasilainen (Alberich) © Ralph Larmann
For any opera house, the production of a new Wagner Ring cycle is a huge undertaking and becomes a mission statement. For Finnish National Opera, its mission is to stage an all-Finnish Ring.
*****
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A promising start to Staatsoper Berlin's Ring revival

Das Rheingold © Monika Rittershaus (2010)
Daniel Barenboim led a performance of deliberate tempo with a great ensemble of singers.  Guy Cassiers‘ production, while visually stunning at times, does little to enhance the performance.
***11
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Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Rheingold: a Finnish tour de force

Tommi Hakala © Arne Hyckenberg
In an unusually convincing concert performance, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Finnish National Opera emphasised the lyrical aspects of Wagner's Das Rheingold.
*****
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Slim-line Rheingold opens at Grimeborn Festival

Paul Carey Jones (Wotan) © Lidia Crisafulli
Jonathan Dove's lean reduction of Wagner’s score for just 18 players is performed at the Grimeborn Festival in Julia Burbach's staging. 
****1
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