The Royal Opera’s 2018/19 season kicks off next week with performances of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, opening with Das Rheingold on 24 September 2018, featuring four Askonas Holt artists. Dame Sarah Connolly sings Fricka, a role she sings in her debut at the Teatro Real Madrid later in the season, and Alan Oke, a regular guest at the Royal Opera, makes his role debut as Loge. Brindley Sherratt, who later in the season sings his first Hunding in concert performances of Die Walküre with the BBC Philharmonic and Omer Meir Wellber as well as with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis, sings Fafner, and Andrew Staples returns to the house to sing his first Froh.
Royal Opera House writes,”Das Rheingold is the ‘preliminary evening’ of Richard Wagner’s four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. The shortest of the four, it introduces the characters that will drive this magnificent drama to its epic conclusion, and the musical themes that Wagner ingeniously develops through the cycle. Das Rheingold was first performed in 1869, and the second opera Die Walküre in 1870 – before the rest of the cycle was completed, and against Wagner’s wishes that the Ring be considered a unified whole. The cycle’s first complete performance in 1876 was a momentous event in opera history.”
For more information and tickets please see The Royal Opera’s website.