Bayreuth Opera Presents The Ring Cycle: Das Rheingold

Airs Saturday, November 9 at 12 noon. Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen is the 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.  Wagner's vision became reality against all odds at his own festival in the Bavarian town of Bayreuth in 1876. Since then, only his own works have been performed there. The complete "Ring" premiered at the first Bayreuth Festival, and each new production has attracted the world's attention.  The 2013 rendition by stage director Frank Castorf and conductor Kyrill Petrenko can be expected to generate controversy, as have productions in the past – following Wagner's own exhortation to "create something new."

We open with Das Rheingold with baritone Wolfgang Koch as Woton; contralto Claudia Mahnke as Fricka; soprano Elisabet Strid as Freia; baritone Martin Winkler as Alberich; tenor Norbert Ernst as Loge; tenor Lothar Odinius as Froh; and bass Günther Groissböck as Fasolt.

Complete cast list: Roles and Soloists:Wotan:  Wolfgang Koch, baritone
Fricka:  Claudia Mahnke, contralto
Freia:  Elisabet Strid, soprano
Loge:  Norbert Ernst, tenor
Donner:  Oleksandr Pushniak, baritone
Froh:  Lothar Odinius, tenor
Erda:  Nadine Weissmann, contralto
Alberich:  Martin Winkler, baritone
Mime:  Burkhard Ulrich, tenor
Fafner:  Sorin Coliban, bass
Fasolt:  Günther Groissböck, bass
Woglinde:  Mirella Hagen
Wellgunde:  Julia Rutigliano
Flosshilde:  Okka von der Damerau
CONDUCTOR: Kyrill Petrenko
ORCHESTRA: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra