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Das Rheingold20121224

Wagner's Das Rheingold

Presented by Donald Macleod

From the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Antonio Pappano conducts the first of the music dramas comprising Wagner's epic Ring Cycle, originally broadcast live in October with the rest to be broadcast act by act weekdays over the next fortnight.

In Das Rheingold, the dwarf Alberich renounces love and steals the Rhinegold from the Rhinemaidens with which he forges a magic ring. Meanwhile Wotan, chief of the gods, has built his mighty fortress Valhalla with the help of the giants. But in order to pay them back, Wotan in turn needs to steal the Rhinegold back from Alberich. And so with this double theft Wagner sets up the theme of love versus power that reverberates throughout all four dramas.

Woglinde....Nadine Livingston (Soprano)

Wellgunde....Kai Ruutel (Mezzo-Soprano)

Flosshilde....Harriet Williams (Mezzo-Soprano)

Alberich....Wolfgang Koch (Baritone)

Wotan....Bryn Terfel (Bass-Baritone)

Fricka....Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-Soprano)

Freia....Ann Petersen (Soprano)

Fasolt....Iain Paterson (Bass)

Fafner....Eric Halfvarson (Bass)

Froh....Andrew Rees (Tenor)

Donner....Peter Coleman-Wright (Baritone)

Loge....Stig Andersen (Tenor)

Mime....Gerhard Siegel (Tenor)

Erda....Maria Radner (Contralto)

Orchestra of The Royal Opera House

Conductor, Antonio Pappano.

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of Wagner's Die Walkure, from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Wagner's Die Walküre, Act 1

Presented by Donald Macleod

From the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. In the second of the Ring dramas, we move from the realm of the gods to the human sphere, where love enters the story in the blossoming incestuous relationship between the twins Siegmund and Sieglinde.

Siegmund....Simon O'Neill (Tenor)

Sieglinde....Eva-Maria Westbroek (Soprano)

Hunding....John Tomlinson (Bass)

Orchestra of The Royal Opera House

Conductor, Antonio Pappano.

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Wagner's Siegfried, Act 1

Presented by Donald Macleod

Another chance to hear Wagner's Ring recorded in October at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Tonight Act 1 of the third of the Ring dramas. It opens with the cunning dwarf, Mime, trying to forge the sword Nothung, and attempting to manipulate the young hero, Siegfried, whom he has brought up, into stealing the magic ring from the dragon, Fafner.

Mime....Gerhard Siegel (Tenor)

Siegfried....Stefan Vinke (Tenor)

Wanderer (Wotan)....Bryn Terfel (Bass-Baritone)

The Orchestra of The Royal Opera House

Conductor, Antonio Pappano.

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Wagner's Das Rheingold

Presented by Donald Macleod

The first of the music dramas comprising Wagner's epic Ring Cycle launches the relay of the four Ring operas which come live from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden over the next fortnight. In Das Rheingold, the dwarf Alberich renounces love and steals the Rhinegold from which he forges a magic ring. Meanwhile Wotan, chief of the gods, has built his mighty fortress Valhalla with the help of the giants. But in order to pay them back, Wotan in turn needs to steal the Rhinegold back from Alberich. And so with this double theft Wagner sets up the theme of love versus power that reverberates throughout all four dramas.

Presentation includes interviews with the artists and also with Wagner expert John Deathridge.

Woglinde....Nadine Livingston (Soprano)

Wellgunde....Kai Ruutel (Mezzo-Soprano)

Flosshilde....Harriet Williams (Mezzo-Soprano)

Alberich....Wolfgang Koch (Baritone)

Wotan....Bryn Terfel (Bass-Baritone)

Fricka....Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-Soprano)

Freia....Ann Petersen (Soprano)

Fasolt....Iain Paterson (Bass)

Fafner....Eric Halfvarson (Bass)

Froh....Andrew Rees (Tenor)

Donner....Peter Coleman-Wright (Baritone)

Loge....Stig Andersen (Tenor)

Mime....Gerhard Siegel (Tenor)

Erda....Maria Radner (Contralto)

Orchestra of The Royal Opera House

Conductor, Antonio Pappano.

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Wagner's Die Walküre

Live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Presented by Donald Macleod

In the second of the Ring dramas, live from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, we move from the realm of the gods to the human sphere, where love enters the story in the blossoming relationship between the twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. But Fricka, as guardian of marriage, insists that her husband, Wotan, strikes down Siegmund for his transgression. And we meet one of the main characters in the story, the Valkyrie, Brunnhilde who fails to carry out Wotan's order to destroy Siegmund. As a result she is stripped of her divinity and left on a fire-encircled rock.

Donald Macleod is joined by Wagner expert Barbara Eichner.

Siegmund....Simon O'Neill (Tenor)

Sieglinde....Eva-Maria Westbroek (Soprano)

Hunding....John Tomlinson (Bass)

Wotan....Bryn Terfel (Bass-Baritone)

Brünnhilde....Susan Bullock (Soprano)

Fricka....Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-Soprano)

Gerhilde....Alwyn Mellor (Soprano)

Ortlinde....Katherine Broderick (Soprano)

Waltraute....Karen Cargill (Mezzo-Soprano)

Schwertleite....Anna Burford (Mezzo-Soprano)

Helmwige....Elisabeth Meister (Soprano)

Siegrune....Sarah Castle (Mezzo-Soprano)

Grimgerde....Clare Shearer (Mezzo-Soprano)

Rossweisse....Madeleine Shaw (Mezzo-Soprano)

Orchestra of The Royal Opera House

Conductor, Antonio Pappano.

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Wagner's Siegfried

Live from The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Presented by Donald Macleod

In the third of the Ring dramas, live from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the cunning dwarf, Mime, tries to manipulate the young hero, Siegfried, into stealing the magic ring from the dragon, Fafner, with the sword Nothung. But his plans go awry and Siegfried takes the ring for himself and goes on to awaken the Valkyrie, Brunnhilde, who is surrounded by a ring of fire.

Donald Macleod is joined by Wagner expert John Deathridge

Mime....Gerhard Siegel (Tenor)

Siegfried....Stefan Vinke (Tenor)

Wanderer (Wotan)....Bryn Terfel (Bass-Baritone)

Alberich....Wolfgang Koch (Baritone)

Fafner....Eric Halfvarson (Bass)

Woodbird....Sophie Bevan (Soprano)

Erda....Maria Radner (Contralto)

Brünnhilde....Susan Bullock (Soprano)

The Orchestra of The Royal Opera House

Conductor, Antonio Pappano

*1500 Act 1

*1625 Interval

*1655 Act 2.

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Wagner's Götterdämmerung

Live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Presented by Donald Macleod

In the last music drama of Wagner's Ring cycle, live from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Brunnhilde sends Siegfried off into the world; but he soon becomes enmeshed in the intrigues of Hagen who uses Siegfried to get back the magic ring from Brunnhilde. In a world of deceit where love potions and magic helmets are used for evil ends it is left to Brunnhilde to show understanding and forgiveness. In the final conflagration she returns the ring of power to the forces of nature as she rides into the cleansing flames.

Donald Macleod is joined by Sarah Lenton

First Norn....Maria Radner (Contralto)

Second Norn....Karen Cargill (Mezzo-Soprano)

Third Norn....Elisabeth Meister (Soprano)

Brünnhilde....Susan Bullock (Soprano)

Siegfried....Stefan Vinke (Tenor)

Gunther....Peter Coleman-Wright (Baritone)

Hagen....John Tomlinson (Bass)

Gutrune....Rachel Willis-Sorensen (Soprano)

Waltraute....Mihoko Fujimura (Mezzo-Soprano)

Alberich....Wolfgang Koch (Baritone)

Woglinde....Nadine Livingston (Soprano)

Wellgunde....Kai Ruutel (Mezzo-Soprano)

Flosshilde....Harriet Williams (Mezzo-Soprano)

Royal Opera House Orchestra

Royal Opera House Chorus

Conductor, Antonio Pappano

*1600 Act 1

*1805 Interval

*1845 Act 2.

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of Wagner's Die Walkure, from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

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Wagner's Siegfried, Act 2

Presented by Donald Macleod

The third opera in Wagner's Ring Cycle, originally broadcast live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in October, continues with the hero Siegfried confronting the dragon Fafner and retrieving the ring.

Mime - Gerhard Siegel (Tenor)

Siegfried - Stefan Vinke (Tenor)

Wanderer - Bryn Terfel (Bass-Baritone)

Alberich - Wolfgang Koch (Baritone)

Fafner - Eric Halfvarson (Bass)

Woodbird - Sophie Bevan (Soprano.

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Wagner's Die Walküre

Live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Presented by Donald Macleod

In the second of the Ring dramas, live from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, we move from the realm of the gods to the human sphere, where love enters the story in the blossoming relationship between the twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. But Fricka, as guardian of marriage, insists that her husband, Wotan, strikes down Siegmund for his transgression. And we meet one of the main characters in the story, the Valkyrie, Brunnhilde who fails to carry out Wotan's order to destroy Siegmund. As a result she is stripped of her divinity and left on a fire-encircled rock.

Donald Macleod is joined by Wagner expert Barbara Eichner.

Siegmund....Simon O'Neill (Tenor)

Sieglinde....Eva-Maria Westbroek (Soprano)

Hunding....John Tomlinson (Bass)

Wotan....Bryn Terfel (Bass-Baritone)

Brünnhilde....Susan Bullock (Soprano)

Fricka....Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-Soprano)

Gerhilde....Alwyn Mellor (Soprano)

Ortlinde....Katherine Broderick (Soprano)

Waltraute....Karen Cargill (Mezzo-Soprano)

Schwertleite....Anna Burford (Mezzo-Soprano)

Helmwige....Elisabeth Meister (Soprano)

Siegrune....Sarah Castle (Mezzo-Soprano)

Grimgerde....Clare Shearer (Mezzo-Soprano)

Rossweisse....Madeleine Shaw (Mezzo-Soprano)

Orchestra of The Royal Opera House

Conductor, Antonio Pappano

Act 3.

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Wagner's Siegfried

Live from The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Presented by Donald Macleod

In the third of the Ring dramas, live from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the cunning dwarf, Mime, tries to manipulate the young hero, Siegfried, into stealing the magic ring from the dragon, Fafner, with the sword Nothung. But his plans go awry and Siegfried takes the ring for himself and goes on to awaken the Valkyrie, Brunnhilde, who is surrounded by a ring of fire.

Donald Macleod is joined by Wagner expert John Deathridge

Mime....Gerhard Siegel (Tenor)

Siegfried....Stefan Vinke (Tenor)

Wanderer (Wotan)....Bryn Terfel (Bass-Baritone)

Alberich....Wolfgang Koch (Baritone)

Fafner....Eric Halfvarson (Bass)

Woodbird....Sophie Bevan (Soprano)

Erda....Maria Radner (Contralto)

Brünnhilde....Susan Bullock (Soprano)

The Orchestra of The Royal Opera House

Conductor, Antonio Pappano

*1930 Act 3.

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Wagner's Götterdämmerung

Live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Presented by Donald Macleod

In the last music drama of Wagner's Ring cycle, live from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Brunnhilde sends Siegfried off into the world; but he soon becomes enmeshed in the intrigues of Hagen who uses Siegfried to get back the magic ring from Brunnhilde. In a world of deceit where love potions and magic helmets are used for evil ends it is left to Brunnhilde to show understanding and forgiveness. In the final conflagration she returns the ring of power to the forces of nature as she rides into the cleansing flames.

Donald Macleod is joined by Sarah Lenton

First Norn....Maria Radner (Contralto)

Second Norn....Karen Cargill (Mezzo-Soprano)

Third Norn....Elisabeth Meister (Soprano)

Brünnhilde....Susan Bullock (Soprano)

Siegfried....Stefan Vinke (Tenor)

Gunther....Peter Coleman-Wright (Baritone)

Hagen....John Tomlinson (Bass)

Gutrune....Rachel Willis-Sorensen (Soprano)

Waltraute....Mihoko Fujimura (Mezzo-Soprano)

Alberich....Wolfgang Koch (Baritone)

Woglinde....Nadine Livingston (Soprano)

Wellgunde....Kai Ruutel (Mezzo-Soprano)

Flosshilde....Harriet Williams (Mezzo-Soprano)

Royal Opera House Orchestra

Royal Opera House Chorus

Conductor, Antonio Pappano

*2105 Act 3.

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Wagner's Die Walküre, Act 3

Presented by Donald Macleod

Another chance to hear Wagner's Ring originally broadcast live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in October broadcast act by act daily over the Christmas period. In Act 3 of Die Walküre, the second opera in Wagner's Ring Cycle, Wotan strips his Valkyrie daughter, Brünnhilde, of her divinity, as she failed to carry out his order to destroy Siegmund. Brünnhilde's punishment is to be left in a magic sleep on a fire-encircled rock.

Siegmund....Simon O'Neill (Tenor)

Sieglinde....Eva-Maria Westbroek (Soprano)

Wotan....Bryn Terfel (Bass-Baritone)

Brünnhilde....Susan Bullock (Soprano)

Fricka....Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-Soprano)

Gerhilde....Alwyn Mellor (Soprano)

Ortlinde....Katherine Broderick (Soprano)

Waltraute....Karen Cargill (Mezzo-Soprano)

Schwertleite....Anna Burford (Mezzo-Soprano)

Helmwige....Elisabeth Meister (Soprano)

Siegrune....Sarah Castle (Mezzo-Soprano)

Grimgerde....Clare Shearer (Mezzo-Soprano)

Rossweisse....Madeleine Shaw (Mezzo-Soprano)

Orchestra of The Royal Opera House

Conductor, Antonio Pappano.