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Thursday Opera Matinee: The Ring

Katie Derham presents performance of Wagner's Das Rheingold given at the Paris National Opera, conducted by Philippe Jordan.

Today's opera matinee is Wagner's Das Rheingold, the first opera in his epic Ring Cycle. This performance from the Opéra Bastille in Paris is given by the Paris National Opera under conductor Philippe Jordan with Falk Struckmann as Wotan, Peter Sidhom as Alberich and Kim Begley as Loge. You can hear the whole Paris staging of the Ring Cycle in 'Afternoon on 3' between now and the 2011 BBC Proms: Die Walkure next week (15 to 17 June), Siegfried on 6 to 8 July and finally Gotterdammerung on 14 and 15 July.

Presented by Katie Derham.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Richard Wagner - Das Rheingold

    Performer: Falk Struckmann, bass-baritone - Wotan. Performer: Samuel Youn, bass-baritone - Donner. Performer: Marcel Reijans, tenor - Froh. Performer: Kim Begley, tenor - Loge. Performer: Peter Sidhom, bass-baritone - Alberich. Performer: Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, tenor - Mime. Performer: Iain Paterson, bass-baritone - Fasolt. Performer: Gunther Groissbock, bass - Fafner. Performer: Sophie Koch, mezzo-soprano - Fricka. Performer: Ann Petersen, soprano - Freia. Performer: Qiu Lin Zhang, contralto - Erda. Performer: Caroline Stein, soprano - Woglinde. Performer: Daniela Sindram, soprano - Wellgunde. Performer: Nicole Piccolomini, mezzo-soprano - Flosshilde. Orchestra: Paris National Opera Chorus and Orchestra. Conductor: Philippe Jordan.