Günther Groissböck http://redriverradio.org en Bayreuth Opera Presents The Ring Cycle: Das Rheingold http://redriverradio.org/post/bayreuth-opera-presents-ring-cycle-das-rheingold <p><strong>Airs Saturday, November 9 at 12 noon. </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Richard Wagner's&nbsp;Der Ring des Nibelungen&nbsp;is t</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he perfect blend of words, action, music and drama into a "total work of art." It was the ultimate goal of Richard Wagner and nothing less than a complete revolution in theater. &nbsp;Wagner's vision became reality against all odds at his own festival in the Bavarian town of </span>Bayreuth<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in 1876. Since then, only his own works have been performed there.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The complete "Ring" premiered at the first </span>Bayreuth<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Festival, and each new production has attracted the world's attention. &nbsp;The 2013 rendition by stage director Frank </span>Castorf<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and conductor </span>Kyrill<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Petrenko<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> can be expected to generate controversy, as have productions in the past – following Wagner's own exhortation to "create something new."</span></p><p>We open with Das&nbsp;Rheingold with baritone&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wolfgang Koch as Woton; contralto&nbsp;Claudia Mahnke as&nbsp;Fricka; soprano&nbsp;Elisabet Strid as&nbsp;Freia; baritone&nbsp;Martin Winkler as&nbsp;Alberich; tenor&nbsp;Norbert Ernst as&nbsp;Loge; tenor&nbsp;Lothar Odinius as&nbsp;Froh; and bass&nbsp;Günther Groissböck as&nbsp;Fasolt.</span></p><p> Sat, 09 Nov 2013 18:00:00 +0000 35465 at http://redriverradio.org Bayreuth Opera Presents The Ring Cycle: Das Rheingold