30apr(apr 30)7:00 pm17may(may 17)7:00 pmRichard Wagner. The Ring Cycle: The Rhinegold.Der Ring des Nibelungen.Washington National Opera. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Washington, DC.
Washington National Opera: Ring Cycle: The Rhinegold Saturday, April 30, 2016 - Tuesday, May 17, 2016 The epic story of the Ring begins on the banks of the Rhine, where three maidens
Washington National Opera: Ring Cycle: The Rhinegold
Saturday, April 30, 2016 – Tuesday, May 17, 2016
The epic story of the Ring begins on the banks of the Rhine, where three maidens guard the river’s magical gold. If forged into a ring, this sacred treasure gives its bearer unimaginable abilities–but at the cost of renouncing love forever.
Price: $90.00 – $515.00 at: http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/OQOSB or tel: (202) 467-4600
A MYTHICAL RING STOLEN. A POWERFUL CURSE UNLEASHED.
The Rhinegold (Das Rheingold, 1869)
In the Eye of the Ring. An introduction to Richard Wagner’s “The Ring of the Nibelung.” This monumental cycle of four operas is one of the major achievements in the annals of art. The documentary breaks down and reveals all the Leitmotiv’s, characters, scenes, plots, metaphors, mythology, and names in Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
The epic story of the Ring begins on the banks of the Rhine, where three maidens guard the river’s magical gold. If forged into a ring, this sacred treasure gives its bearer unimaginable abilities–but at the cost of renouncing love forever. Alberich, a cunning dwarf, futilely tries to seduce the Rhinemaidens. Angered by their scorn, he steals the precious metal and retreats to the underworld, commanding his slaves to begin molding his means to world domination.
Meanwhile, Wotan, the king of the gods, must repay the giants Fasolt and Fafner for their construction of Valhalla, an opulent new fortress for his fellow immortals, among them his long-suffering wife Fricka. Working with the fire spirit Loge and Alberich’s sly brother Mime, Wotan conspires to seize the ring and settle his debt. But beware the dwarf’s curse: if the ring is taken from him, jealousy, despair, and even death will befall all who possess it.
In German with projected English titles.Titles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra.
Performance Timing: Approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes, with NO intermission. Please plan to arrive with sufficient time to allow for parking and entry into the Opera House by curtain time.
Cast and Creative Team:
Woglinde Jacqueline Echols±
Wellgunde Catherine Martin
Flosshilde Renée Tatum*
Alberich Gordon Hawkins
Fricka Elizabeth Bishop
Wotan Alan Held
Freia Melody Moore
Fasolt Julian Close*
Fafner Soloman Howard±
Froh Richard Cox*
Donner Ryan McKinny*
Loge William Burden
Mime David Cangelosi
Erda Lindsay Ammann*
Listed in order of vocal appearance
Director Francesca Zambello
Conductor Philippe Auguin
Set Designer Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer Catherine Zuber
Lighting Designer Mark McCullough
Projection Designers S. Katy Tucker and Jan Hartley
Choreographer Denni Sayers
Post by Nadia Kovarskaya
April 30 (Saturday) 7:00 pm - May 17 (Tuesday) 7:00 pm
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566