Washington National Opera: Ring Cycle: The Rhinegold

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The epic story of the Ring begins on the banks of the Rhine, where three maidens guard the river's magical gold. If forged into a ring, this sacred treasure gives its bearer unimaginable abilities--but at the cost of renouncing love forever.

Price:

$75.00 - $525.00

Run Time:

2 hours, 35 minutes

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UPDATE as of Wed., May 11: A small number of $50 "Standing Room Only" tickets are available for the Cycle III performance of The Rhinegold on Tue., May 17. Please note that tickets may only be purchased in person at the box office or by phone at (202) 467-4600, and are limited to two per person. Patrons will stand in the back of the theater on the orchestra level (no seating). Projected titles are not visible from the rear of the theater.

A MYTHICAL RING STOLEN. A POWERFUL CURSE UNLEASHED.

 
The Rhinegold     
(Das Rheingold, 1869)
 
The epic story of the Ring begins on the banks of the Rhine, where three maidens guard the river's magical gold. If forged into a ring, this sacred treasure gives its bearer unimaginable abilities--but at the cost of renouncing love forever. Alberich, a cunning dwarf, futilely tries to seduce the Rhinemaidens. Angered by their scorn, he steals the precious metal and retreats to the underworld, commanding his slaves to begin molding his means to world domination. 
 
Meanwhile, Wotan, the king of the gods, must repay the giants Fasolt and Fafner for their construction of Valhalla, an opulent new fortress for his fellow immortals, among them his long-suffering wife Fricka. Working with the fire spirit Loge and Alberich's sly brother Mime, Wotan conspires to seize the ring and settle his debt. But beware the dwarf's curse: if the ring is taken from him, jealousy, despair, and even death will befall all who possess it. 

In German with projected English titles.Titles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra.

Performance Timing: Approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes, with NO intermission.

NOTE: Doors to the Opera House open 30 minutes prior to each performance. For all performances of The Rhinegold, which has no intermission, there will be NO late seating. For all other performances, late patrons will be able to access their ticketed location AT FIRST INTERMISSION.
 
 
All patrons are thus strongly encouraged to arrive early with sufficient time to allow for parking, taxi drop off, or walking from the Metro, followed by sufficient time for entry into the Opera House by curtain time.
   
Please find information about pre-performance insights, post-cycle talkbacks, symposia, lecture series, and other special Ring events here.

Ring Boxed Meal
Boxed meals are not available for The Rhinegold because there is no intermission. However, if you are seeing other Ring operas, you can pre-order a special Ring "boxed meal" to eat during the first intermission. For ordering details and to see sandwich options, visit the Ring Dining page.

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CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
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Woglinde: Jacqueline Echols±
Wellgunde: Catherine Martin
Flosshilde: Renée Tatum*
Alberich: Gordon Hawkins       
Fricka: Elizabeth Bishop
Wotan: Alan Held
Freia: Melody Moore
Fasolt: Julian Close*
Fafner: Soloman Howard±
Froh: Richard Cox*
Donner: Ryan McKinny*
Loge: William Burden
Mime: David Cangelosi
Erda: Lindsay Ammann*

Listed in order of vocal appearance
 
Director: Francesca Zambello
Conductor: Philippe Auguin
Set Designer: Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer: Catherine Zuber
Lighting Designer: Mark McCullough
Projection Designers: S. Katy Tucker and Jan Hartley
Movement Director: Denni Sayers

*WNO debut
‡ Current Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist
± Former Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist

Resources

Watch and Listen

Making of Opera: The Ring - Alberich and the Nibelungen

Making of Opera: The Ring - Becoming The Bear

Making of Opera: The Ring - Enter the Dragon

Making of Opera: The Ring - Fafner the Giant

Making of Opera: The Ring - Garments of the Gods

Making of Opera: The Ring - Pixels and Pyro

Making of Opera: The Ring - Presenting The Ring

Making of Opera: The Ring - Staging Timelapse

Making of Opera: The Ring - The Maestro

The Story of "The Ring": Rhinegold

Washington National Opera - 2015-2016 Season Preview

WNO Commentary: The Rheingold 1/5: (audio only)

WNO Commentary: The Rheingold 2/5: (audio only)

WNO Commentary: The Rheingold 3/5: (audio only)

WNO Commentary: The Rheingold 4/5: (audio only)

WNO Commentary: The Rheingold 5/5: (audio only)

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