The Memory of Gold
A series of specially commissioned responses to The Ring from four of our foremost writers. Each writer has taken one of the four operas in the cycle as inspiration for a short new work. There are four different literary genres represented here too: a play, a short story, an essay and a poem.
In this first response the playwright and dramatist Timberlake Wertenbaker, author of the award-winning "Our Country's Good" and "Birds Alighting in a Field" takes the opening scene of Das Rheingold as her inspiration. Her play, "The Memory of Gold", stars Harriet Walter, Geraldine James and Siobhan Redmond and was recorded in front of an audience at the Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House.
The producer is Frank Stirling and it is a Unique production for BBC Radio 3.