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Rheingold 2000Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera’s third assault on the Ring started off with better prospects of completion than its predecessor, largely because a generous chunk of the funding was coming from the Edinburgh Festival and a commercial sponsor (a bank). Even so, when the company went through one of its periodic financial crises after the cycles were performed in 2003, critics of the enterprise were quick to use the Ring as a weapon, it seems with little justification – the source of the financial problems lay elsewhere.

Tim Albery’s staging was relatively straightforward, with his usual overlay of visual wit to leaven the seriousness. Musically it was difficult to find anything to complain about. Richard Armstrong had already built a cycle a few years earlier in Wales, and he chose a group of singers with little previous experience of the work, and therefore little to unlearn.

Performance Cast

Woglinde a Rhinemaiden

Inka Rinn

Wellgunde a Rhinemaiden

Marianne Andersen

Flosshilde a Rhinemaiden

Leah-Marian Jones

Alberich a Nibelung

Peter Sidhom

Wotan leader of the gods

Matthew Best

Fricka wife of Wotan and goddess of marriage

Anne Mason

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

Helene Ranada

Performance DatesRheingold 2000

Map List

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

21 Aug, 19.30 23 Aug, 19.30 26 Aug, 19.30 28 Aug, 19.30

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

7 Sep, 19.15 9 Sep, 19.15 13 Sep, 19.15 16 Sep, 14.15

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