Das Rheingold – Wagner
Das Rheingold is the first of the four operas which make up Wagner’s celebrated Ring Cycle. It is the shortest of Wagner's operas – approximately two-and-a-half hours in length – and yet still has the hallmarks of his monumental handiwork. The storyline, rooted in a world of ancient myth, is compelling and moving. It is our expectation that curious newcomers to Wagner will thus enjoy the production alongside existing devotees.
There are few opportunities to experience Wagner’s operas other than in major opera houses and for good reason: The music is conceived on a grand scale and does not easily lend itself to reduced performances. The large size of the orchestras conceived by Wagner, though sumptuous to hear, puts notable upward pressure on ticket prices. The singing is frequently of a high intensity and calls for solo voices of considerable stamina.
In this production we are setting out to bring Wagner’s great music and drama live to audiences in the West of England and South Wales. Further, to do so in an affordable way but without compromising on the highest standards of performance.
The production is semi-staged, in costume and with an innovative set to support the drama. The work will be performed in German with English surtitles.
The performances make full use of the substantial organ in each of the cathedral and large church venues, supplemented by percussion, giving a remarkably faithful and impressive account of Wagner’s score in magnificent and lofty surroundings.
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