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At The Opera, Wagner: Das Rheingold (MET 1951) October 6, 2018


Das Rheingold is the first of the four music dramas that constitute Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, (English: The Ring of the Nibelung). It was performed, as a single opera, at the National Theatre Munich on September 22, 1869, and received its first performance as part of the Ring cycle at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, on August 13, 1876.

Wagner wrote the Ring librettos in reverse order, so that Das Rheingold was the last of the texts to be written; it was, however, the first to be set to music. The score was completed in 1854, but Wagner was unwilling to sanction its performance until the whole cycle was complete; he worked intermittently on this music until 1874. The Munich premiere of Das Rheingold was staged, much against Wagner's wishes, on the orders of his patron, King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Following its 1876 Bayreuth premiere, the Ring cycle was introduced into the worldwide repertory, with performances in all the main opera houses, in which it has remained a regular and popular fixture.


Wotan – Hans Hotter

Loge – Set Svanholm

Alberich – Lawrence Davidson

Fricka – Margaret Harshaw

The Metropolitan Opera

Fritz Stiedry – conductor

Recorded live on January 27, 1951


8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Wagner: The Ride of the Valkyries BUY NBC Symphony Orchestra; Arturo Toscanini, conductor
London/Decca 4758366
8:05 p.m.
Anna Russell BUY from The Anna Russell Album
Sony 47252
8:36 p.m.
Richard Wagner: Das Rhiengold BUY MET; Fritz Reiner, conductor Hans Hotter
11:00 p.m.
11:10 p.m.
various: Tribute to the passing of MONTSERRAT CABALLE BUY various

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