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    Das Rheingold

    Richard Wagner

    Das Rheingold and the first meeting with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam musicians for a complete tetralogy to come.

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Hans van der Woerd

    Michael Volle | Wotan
    Gerhard Siegel | Loge
    Samuel Youn | Alberich
    Thomas Ebenstein | Mime
    Wiebke Lehmkuhl | Erda
    Stephen Milling | Fasolt
    Mikhail Petrenko | Fafner
    Jamie Barton | Fricka
    Issachah Savage | Froh
    Thomas Lehman | Donner
    Christiane Karg | Freia
    Iris van Wijnen | Wellgunde
    Maria Barakova | Flosshilde
    Erika Baikoff | Woglinde

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin | direction
    Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest

    Sung in German, surtitled in French and English

    Prologue to Der Ring des Nibelungen, the greatest operatic saga in the history of music, Das Rheingold is merely the introduction to a vast epic entirely devoted to the quest for the mystery of origins (1 prologue and three days, 15 hours of music, 34 characters and an orchestra of nearly 125 musicians...). The opening on a simple chord in E flat major held for the first 137 bars is the perfect reflection of the orchestral genius and innovative ambition of the musician. For Wagner was indeed inventing a new era and a musical world without parallel. This colossal project occupied Wagner for thirty years and remains to this day unique in the history of opera. Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Orchestra have given unforgettable performances of Der fliegende Holländer and Die Frau ohne Schatten in recent years. This season, they will again perform Das Rheingold, the first part of a future tetralogy, which we can already imagine reaching the same heights of intensity.

    PRODUCTION Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
    Avec le soutien de la Délégation générale du Québec à Paris
    France Musique broadcasts this concert