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From the shifting opening chords representing the depths of the Rhine, the musical and dramatic foundations are laid for this great saga of gods, dwarves, giants and mortals. The plaintive cry of the Rhinemaidens, Wotan's journey down to Nibelheim, Alberich's curse and the entry of the gods to Valhalla across the rainbow bridge are just the best-known of the many musical highlights in this epic work. Concert performance. Supported by a syndicate of donors. Running time 2 hrs 45 minsPerformers Robert Hayward (Wotan), Andrew Shore (Alberich), Iain Paterson (Fasolt), Susan Parry (Fricka), John Graham-Hall (Mime), Tom Randle (Loge), Gerard O'Connor (Fafner), Linda Richardson (Woglinde), Stephanie Marshall (Wellgunde), Ethna Robinson (Flosshilde), Claire Weston (Freia), Patricia Bardon (Erda), Rhys Meirion (Froh), Roderick Williams (Donner).
Music Wagner. Company English National Opera. Conductor Paul Daniel. Translation Jeremy Sams.
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