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Prom 14: Wagner - Das Rheingold

Daniel Barenboim conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin in Wagner's Das Rheingold, in the first-ever performance of the Ring cycle in a single Proms season.

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Following the success of his Beethoven symphony cycle last year, Daniel Barenboim launches his Proms Ring cycle, the first ever performance of Wagner's four Ring cycle operas in a single Proms Festival.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Tom Service

Wagner: Das Rheingold (concert performance, sung in German)

Wotan ..... Iain Paterson (bass-baritone)
Loge ..... Stephan Rügamer (tenor)
Donner ..... Jan Buchwald (bass-baritone)
Froh ..... Marius Vlad (tenor)
Fricka ..... Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo-soprano)
Freia ..... Anna Samuil (soprano)
Erda ..... Anna Larsson (contralto)
Alberich ..... Johannes Martin Kränzle (baritone)
Mime ..... Peter Bronder (tenor)
Fasolt ..... Stephen Milling (bass)
Fafner ..... Eric Halfvarson (bass)
Woglinde ..... Aga Mikolaj (soprano)
Wellgunde ..... Maria Gortsevskaya (mezzo-soprano)
Flosshilde ..... Anna Lapkovskaja (mezzo-soprano)
Staatskapelle Berlin
Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

The first opera in Wagner's Ring cycle, Das Rheingold, introduces us to mythical stories of sword-wielding heroes, castles, magic potions and scheming dwarves, and the central corrupting influence of the all-powerful ring, guarded by the cruel water-sprites, otherwise known as the Rhinemaidens. A lecherous Nibelung dwarf called Alberich seizes the gold and heads to Nibelheim where he builds an empire based on fear and slave labour. We also meet Wotan the chief god in his castle Valhalla, and who when he hears of the all-powerful ring, decides he wants it for himself. Das Rheingold is performed by Staatskapelle Berlin and a stellar cast from both Barenboim's Berlin and Milan ring cycles. This is the first ever performance of Wagner's four Ring cycle operas in a single Proms Festival.

3 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Richard Wagner

    Das Rheingold [Part 1 of 'Der Ring des Nibelungen']

    Conductor: Daniel Barenboim Performer: Aga Mikolaj Performer: Anna Lapkovskaja Performer: Anna Larsson Performer: Anna Samuil Performer: Ekaterina Gubanova Performer: Eric Halvarson Performer: Iain Paterson Performer: Jan Buchwald Performer: Johannes-Martin Kranzle Performer: Maria Gortsevskaya Performer: Marius Vlad Performer: Peter Bronder Performer: Stephan Rugamer Performer: Berlin State Orchestra

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