Wagner's Ring Cycle is a towering achievement, filled with memorable characters, compelling stories and of course the magnificent music(all four operas of the cycle- this, Die Walkure, Siegfried and Gotterdamerung- contain some of the best music Wagner ever wrote in my opinion).
This Das Rheingold is one to remember. The costumes and sets are exquisite and wonderfully grandiose, and Brian Large's stellar video directing still for me remains some of his best ever work to date.
Musically, this Das Rheingold can't be faulted either. The music is magnificent, and performed brilliantly by a clearly committed and passionate orchestra and by a conductor like James Levine who clearly loves his job.
James Morris is a superb Wotan, alongside Henry VIII and Wurm Wotan is one of his best roles, and out of the support cast who all seem comfortable Alberich and Fafner stand out.
Overall, one fine production of a truly great opera. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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