The Ring: Das Rheingold
Presented by Seattle Opera
by Richard Wagner
The prelude to the Ring cycle begins with the swimming Rhine daughters losing their precious gold to the Nibelung dwarf Alberich. The gods, led by Wotan, in need of treasure to pay off the giants who have built Valhalla, descend into the Nibelung caverns, capture Alberich, and force him to give up the ring. The resulting curse takes effect immediately as blood is shed in an argument over the ring. The opera ends with the gods crossing the rainbow bridge to Valhalla, accompanied by the forlorn calls of the Rhine daughters and dire predictions about the gods’ future.
In German with English Captions.
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Ring Cycle Dates
Cycle I: August 4, 5, 7 & 9
Cycle II: August 12, 13, 15 & 17
Cycle III: August 20, 21, 23 & 25