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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. Sky and Artsworld Season. Running time 2hrs 35mins. Supported by a syndicate of donors.Performers Robert Hayward (Wotan), Darren Jeffrey (Donner), Andrew Rees (Froh), Tom Randle (Loge), Iain Paterson (Fasolt), Gerard O'Connor (Fafner), Andrew Shore (Alberich), John Graham-Hall (Mime), Susan Parry (Fricka), Claire Weston (Freia), Patricia Bardon (Erda), Linda Richardson (Woglinde), Stephanie Marshall (Wellgunde), Ethna Robinson (Flosshilde).
Music Wagner. Company English National Opera. Director Phylida Lloyd. Conductor Paul Daniel. Conductor Dominic Wheeler. Design Richard Hudson. Lighting Simon Mills. Translation Jeremy Sams.
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