Ring Cycle: Das Rheingold
Seattle Opera Performance of Das Rheingold - Cycle #2
8/12/2013 7:00 PM
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