21 February 2009
Los Angeles Ring: premiere of Das Rheingold Today
The Los Angeles Ring opens today with the premiere of Das Rheingold. Director and designer is Achim Freyer.
James Conlon conducts an interesting cast of internationally acclaimed Wagnerians. Vitalij Kowaljow, a powerful Ukrainian bass, which I must admit I have never heard, will sing Wotan. Michelle DeYoung is making her Los Angeles Opera debut as Wotan's wife Fricka. She has previously performed the role at The Metropolitan Opera. Other members of the cast include Arnold Bezuyen as Loge (I heard him at Bayreuth last summer, and he was wonderful) and Gordon Hawkins as Alberich. Jill Grove is the earth goddess Erda, Eric Halfvarson is the giant Fafner, and Graham Clark will sing Mime.
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