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Rheingold 2003Scottish Opera

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The 2003-04 season of Scottish Opera was dominated by its opening event. Tim Albery's production of Der Ring des Nibelungen had been assembled during the three previous Edinburgh Festivals. The 2003 Festival was the culmination of this process, with complete cycles performed. After this intensive sequence of two Edinburgh cycles, the company moved on to give two in Glasgow and a final one at the recently opened Lowry at Salford Quays.

For non-Wagnerites, the rest of the season consisted of new productions of The Magic Flute and La bohème with a revival of Aïda. There was also an intimate staging of Eugene Onegin - with piano in the autumn and a small band in the spring. The Essential Scottish Opera team made its annual tour of the Highlands and Islands. A distinct novelty was a new piece composed specifically for children - on a larger scale than the company's previous works of this kind, The Minotaur by Julian Evans toured with a small orchestra.

The Ring production assembled since 2000 as a co-production with the Edinburgh Festival, sponsored by the Bank of Scotland, climaxed with five performances of the complete cycle, two in Edinburgh, two in Glasgow and a final one at the new Lowry at Salford Quays.

Performance Cast

Woglinde a Rhinemaiden

Inka Rinn

Wellgunde a Rhinemaiden

Marianne Andersen

Flosshilde a Rhinemaiden

Leah-Marian Jones

Alberich a Nibelung

Peter Sidhom

Fricka wife of Wotan and goddess of marriage

Anne Mason

Wotan leader of the gods

Matthew Best

Freia sister of Fricka and goddess of love and spring

Rachel Hynes

Fasolt a giant

Carsten Stabell

Fafner a giant

Markus Hollop

Froh god of joy and youth

Matthew Elton Thomas

Donner god of thunder

Michael Druiett

Loge god of fire and cunning

Peter Bronder

Mime A Nibelung, Alberich's brother

Alasdair Elliott

Erda goddess of earth and wisdom

Mary Phillips

Performance DatesRheingold 2003

Map List

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

11 Aug, 19.15 25 Aug, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

4 Sep, 19.15 30 Oct, 19.15

Lowry | Salford

3 Oct, 19.15

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