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Das Rheingold

Monday 15 August 2016. 7.30pm
Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2EA

A lust for power, but at a terrible price. When the sinister dwarf Alberich steals the coveted Rhinegold from the three daughters of the river, he forges a ring to bring himself infinite power over the world but incurs the wrath of Wotan and the jealous gods.

Das Rheingold introduces the vast, mythical world of Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle, one of the greatest achievements in all opera.

Seemingly inexhaustible and mesmerisingly charismatic, powerhouse conductor Valery Gergiev is famed globally for the raw, visceral power of his music-making. St Petersburg’s historic Mariinsky Theatre is believed to be the first venue where Wagner conducted some of The Ring’s mighty music. With the exceptional forces of the Mariinsky Opera and a cast of international-class soloists drawn from the company’s performers, Gergiev brings his remarkable vision of Das Rheingold to the 2016 International

Valery Gergiev Conductor

Cast included:
Vitalij Kowaljow Wotan
Mikhail Vekua Loge
Ekaterina Semenchuk Fricka
Vladislav Sulimsky Alberich
Andrei Popov Mime
Eduard Tsanga Fasolt
Mikhail Petrenko Fafner

Concert performance sung in German with English supertitles
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes approximately, no interval

Supported by Dunard Fund