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Part of the Wagner ring cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen. In Das Rheingold the power crazy dwarf Alberich plots to steal the Rhinemaidens gold, which bestows omnipotence on its owner. Meanwhile Wotan and Loge, two powerful gods, plan to steal the gold as a ransom for the goddess Freia who has been kidnapped by giants annoyed at not being paid for building Valhalla. Sung in German with English surtitles. Running time: 2hrs 40minsPerformers Bryn Terfel (Wotan), Peter Coleman-Wright (Donner), Andrew Rees (Froh), Sig Andersen (Loge), Iain Paterson (Fasolt), Eric Halfvarson (Fafner), Wolfgang Koch (Alberich), Gerhard Siegel (Mime), Sarah Connolly (Fricka), Ann Petersen (Freia), Maria Radner (Erda), Nadine Livingstone (Woglinde), Kai Ruutel (Wellgunde), Harriet Williams (Flosshilde).
Author Wagner. Producer Royal Opera House. Company Royal Opera Chorus. Company Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Conductor Antonio Pappano. Director Keith Warner. Design Stefanos Lazaridis. Costume Marie-Jeanne Lecca. Lighting Wolfgang Gobbel. Design Mic Pool (video). Design Dick Straker (video). Design Matthew Deely (associate set designer). Director Malcolm Ranson (fight). Choreographer Clare Glaskin (original choreography).
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