A rare chance to experience Wagner’s opera Das Rheingold in a unique 150th anniversary production by Tarnhelm Opera, semi-staged and sung in German with English subtitles. The magnificent pipe organ and an array of percussion instruments will support the music while the lofty architecture will add to the drama.
Das Rheingold is the first of the four operas which make up Wagner’s celebrated Ring Cycle. While it is the shortest of his operas – approximately two-and-a-half hours in length – it still has the hallmarks of Wagner’s monumental handiwork. The storyline, rooted in a world of ancient myth, is compelling and moving. Curious newcomers to Wagner can thus expect to enjoy the production alongside existing devotees.
The work was first performed in Munich 150 years ago, in the autumn of 1869. There are few opportunities to experience Wagner’s operas other than in major opera houses. This production sets out to bring his great music and drama live to audiences in the West of England and South Wales. Further, to do so in an affordable way but without compromising on excellence in performance.