The young blacksmith Siegfried, who, not knowing that he is heir to a conquered kingdom, becomes popular with the Burgunds by slaying their bane, the dragon Fafnir. When the reward seems to... See full summary »
'Das Rheingold' tells the story about Alberich's theft of the gold from the Rhine, the forging of the Ring of power and sets off a cascade of events that further develop in the subsequent operas of the Ring Cycle.
I first saw this opera on television when I was eight years old and loved it. I'd never seen an opera before (I was eight!) and this entire production of The Ring had me completely captivated. I watched every night (at least the beginning, I couldn't stay up that late) and it was such a treat for me. I never forgot this production, and I'm so glad that they've released the whole set on DVD, it's beautiful. Siegfried Jerusalem and Hildegard Behrens are fantastic and James Levine is, quite frankly, my hero. SIEGFRIED is my favorite opera in DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN, (it is the only one with a happy ending) but you really have to see all of them. DAS RHEINGOLD, DIE WALKURE, and GOTTERDAMMERUNG - I can't recommend them highly enough. Opera is such a big part of my life now, and it is this very production that started it for me.
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