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Das Rheingold

  • This stunning production takes us to a mythical world of dwarfs and gods, magical helmets, and a ring that endows its wearer with ultimate power. 

    Deep beneath the surface of the Rhine, Alberich, a wily and treacherous dwarf, lusts after the Rhinemaidens' treasure: a cache of gold.Whoever owns the gold and forges it into a ring will have power over the world. Unable to catch one of the beautiful maidens, Alberich steals the gold.

    And so, the legend of the ring, the greatest musical achievement of all time, begins.

    Join us for events before and during the run of the production. Learn more about Wagner through the documentary, Wagner & Me, as well as other events throughout the month of April.

    February 25, 2014 | 7 PM

Justice & Valhalla: Legal Issues in Wagner's RING

    Fulbright Tower, Auditorium on the Mezzanine Level 

    1301 McKinney St., 77010
An examination of the labryrinthine legal system that governs Wagner's world of gods, dwarves, men, giants and dragons. Held in conjunction with the premiere of Wagner's Ring, this event is led by HGO's Mena Mark Hanna and a panel of legal experts.
    March 11, 2014 | 7 PM
    Wagner & Me 

    River Oaks Theatre
2009 W. Gray St., 77019
Stephen Fry, one of Britain's most beloved performers, tackles Wagner's legacy head-on in his film Stephen Fry: Wagner and Me. This award-winning, highly entertaining documentary uses both wit and provocation to examine Wagner's controversial association with Nazism, while exploring Stephen Fry's own passion for Wagner's music.
March 20, 2014 | 5 PM
Wagner's Jews 
Houston Jewish Film Festival
Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center

    The ERJCC and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston present, as part of the Houston Jewish Film Festival, Wagner's Jews. The documentary features the complex relationship Wagner had with Jews, from his anti-Semitic writings to his close relationships with Jewish musicians. Directed by Hilan Warshaw, the Houston premiere will take place on March 20. 

    March 29, 2014 | 10 AM

    Wagner: Man & Myth

    Wortham Theater Center
Richard Wagner is a seminal figure in history, divisive during his lifetime and controversial after death. Through its sheer power and groundbreaking creation, Wagner's music continues to cast its spell. Wagner: Man & Myth is a day-long seminar examining his power and influence, featuring Houston Grand Opera Dramaturg Mena Mark Hanna and prominent Wagner scholars and guests from the creative team behind HGO's production of Das Rheingold.
  • Cast of Characters          
      Wotan, King of the Gods (Gods)     Iain Paterson, bass-baritone
      Loge, Demigod of Fire (Gods)     Stefan Margita, tenor
      Alberich      (Nibelungs)     Christopher Purves, bass-baritone
      Mime, Alberich's brother;
       Siegfried's foster father
    (Nibelungs)     Rodell Rosel, tenor
      Fricka, Wotan's Wife (Gods)     Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano
      Erda (Gods)     Meredith Arwady, contralto
      Fasolt      (Giants)     Kristinn Sugmundsson, bass
      Fafner, Fasolt's brother (Giants)     Andrea Silvestrelli, bass
      Freia, Fricka's sister (Gods)     Melody Moore, soprano
      Donner, Fricka's brother      (Gods)     Ryan McKinny, bass-baritone
      Froh, Fricka's brother (Gods)     Chad Shelton, tenor
      Woglinde (Rhinemaidens)     Andrea Carroll, soprano
      Flosshilde (Rhinemaidens)     Catherine Martin, mezzo-soprano
      Wellgunde (Rhinemaidens)     Renee Tatum, mezzo-soprano

    Creative Team               
       Conductor   Patrick Summers, Margaret Alkek Williams Chair
      Director     Carlus Padrissa/La Fura Dels Baus
      Associate Director     Esteban Muñoz
      Set Designer          Roland Olbeter
      Costume Designer     Chu Uroz
      Lighting Designer     Peter van Praet
      Video Designer     Franc Aleu
      Houston Grand Opera Orchestra      

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