Opera North: Das Rheingold

Written By The Wagnerian on Sunday, 22 May 2011 | 1:23:00 am

If you live outside of any major city and it's opera houses it is near-on impossible to see or hear the Ring Cycle "live".(The Longborough Opera festival is perhaps one of the few exceptions). There are number of reasons for this but (and as discussed recently on my piece about the new "reduced" ring) cost and the logistics of finding provincial theatres able to accommodate Wagnerian forces are two important ones.

With that in mind, and given the financial difficulties large parts of the "arts" in the UK find themselves, it is pleasing to find Opera North, who will begin this summer with the first part of their four year Ring Cycle - in concert.




Cast


Wotan 

Michael Druiett  
Alberich   

Nicholas Folwell
Peter Sidhom (Sept only)

Loge
Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke

Fricka

Yvonne Howard

Erda

Andrea Baker
 Fasolt

James Creswell
Brindley Sherratt (Sept only)

Fafner

Gregory Frank

Freia


Giselle Allen
Lee Bisset (Sept only)

Froh

Peter Wedd

Donner

Derek Welton

Mime

Richard Roberts

Woglinde

Jeni Bern
Wellgunde
Jennifer Johnston

Flosshilde   

Sarah Castle


Conductor               
Richard Farnes

Artistic Consultant            

Dame Anne Evans

Concert Staging and Lighting Design            

Peter Mumford


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