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Das Rheingold

Das Rheingold, the first of four operas in Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen cycle, was first performed in Munich on 22 September 1869, at the insistence of Wagner's patron, King Ludwig II of Bavaria. The first performance of the complete cycle was in Bayreuth on 13 August 1876.

The Dwarf Alberich steals the magic gold from the Rhine maidens and creates a ring from the gold, setting the scene for the story running through all four operas (based on Norse sagas and the Nibelungenlied, an epic poem in an old version of the German language in use between 1050 and 1350).

A selection of M&V articles about Das Rheingold

Ensemble. Much Awaited - Bayreuth's 'Das Rheingold' previewed in Rome, as experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi

Ensemble. A Key Flaw - If 'Das Rheingold' becomes a comedy, by Giuseppe Pennisi

Ensemble. A Complete Delight - Wagner's 'Die Walküre' at New York Metropolitan Opera, enjoyed in HD from Arizona by Maria Nockin

Ensemble. Exquisite Performance - Metropolitan Opera's live HD transmission of 'Boris Godunov', enjoyed by Maria Nockin

Ensemble. No Intermission - Maria Nockin experiences Metropolitan Opera's HD transmission of 'Das Rheingold'

Ensemble. High Expectations - Barenboim's 'Das Rheingold' at La Scala, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Ensemble. Authority and Charisma - Wagner's 'Siegfried', reviewed by Maria Nockin

Ensemble. Recovered Voices - Two operas in Los Angeles over the Easter weekend, enjoyed by Maria Nockin

Ensemble. New and Different - 'Rheingold' from Los Angeles, recommended by Maria Nockin

DVD Spotlight. Stunning lighting - Highlighs from Barenboim's 'Ring', concluding a series of reviews by Robert Hugill. 'The balance ... favours Evans more, which is a good thing.'

CD Spotlight. Truly believable - Barenboim conducts Wagner's 'Das Rheingold' from Bayreuth, reviewed by Robert Hugill. '... a beautiful, well-shaped, flowing performance.'

DVD Spotlight. Sinister power - 'Das Rheingold', reviewed by Robert Anderson. '... a joyous experience ...'

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