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Rheingold 1976English National Opera

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The Byam Shaw and Blatchley Ring Cycle was launched at the London Coliseum in 1970 with The Valkyrie. Twilight of the Gods had followed in 1971, and The Rhinegold opened on 1 March 1972.

This 1976 cycle was the last visit to Scotland by the Sadler’s Wells organisation, and the only visit under its new name before it stopped its policy of touring altogether. It was also the company’s only visit to the Theatre Royal, and a rare instance, in those days, of Sir Charles Mackerras conducting in Scotland.

Most of the major roles were taken by noted company regulars, including Raimund Herincx, Emile Belcourt, Anne Collins, Sarah Walker, and Clifford Grant. However there is also an appearance by that great Wagnerian bass John Tomlinson, a Bayreuth Wotan for many years to come, in an early principal role. He was progressing from his season in the Scottish Opera chorus of 1968, when still a student in Manchester, he had sung in Götterdämmerung and Boris Godunov.

Cast details from a programme in the OperaScotland collection

Performance Cast

Woglinde a Rhinemaiden

Audrey Gunn

Wellgunde a Rhinemaiden

Shelagh Squires

Flosshilde a Rhinemaiden

Helen Attfield

Alberich a Nibelung

Malcolm Rivers

Wotan leader of the gods

Raimund Herincx

Fricka wife of Wotan and goddess of marriage

Sarah Walker

Freia sister of Fricka and goddess of love and spring

Anne Conoley

Fasolt a giant

John Tomlinson

Fafner a giant

Clifford Grant

Froh god of joy and youth

Robert Ferguson

Donner god of thunder

Norman Welsby

Loge god of fire and cunning

Emile Belcourt

Mime A Nibelung, Alberich's brother

Gregory Dempsey

Erda goddess of earth and wisdom

Anne Collins

Performance DatesRheingold 1976

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

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