Das Rheingold – Wagner
Worcester Cathedral, College Yard, WR1 2LA
Date(s) - 25/10/2019
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
A rare chance to experience Wagner’s opera Das Rheingold in a unique 150th anniversary production by Tarnhelm Opera, semi-staged and sung in German with English surtitles. The magnificent pipe organ and an array of percussion instruments will support the music while the lofty architecture will add to the drama.
Tickets priced £12.50 – £40 are available from tarnhelmopera.co.uk or by telephoning TicketSource on 0333 666 3366*.
Das Rheingold is the first of the four operas which make up Wagner’s celebrated Ring Cycle. While it is the shortest of his operas – approximately two-and-a-half hours in length – it still has the hallmarks of Wagner’s monumental handiwork. The storyline, rooted in a world of ancient myth, is compelling and moving. Curious newcomers to Wagner can thus expect to enjoy the production alongside existing devotees.
There are few opportunities to experience Wagner’s operas other than in major opera houses and for good reason: The music is conceived on a grand scale and does not easily lend itself to reduced performances. The large size of the orchestras conceived by Wagner, though sumptuous to hear, puts notable upward pressure on ticket prices. The singing is frequently of a high intensity and calls for solo voices of considerable stamina.
The work was first performed in Munich 150 years ago, in the autumn of 1869. This production sets out to bring Wagner’s great music and drama live to audiences in the West of England and South Wales. Further, to do so in an affordable way but without compromising on excellence in performance.
*A £1.75 booking fee applies to telephone bookings, but not to online purchases.