Richard Wagner's Das Rheingold
Sung in German with projected English translation
April 11, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. | April 13,
2014 - 2:00 p.m. | April 17, 2014 - 7:30
April 23, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. | April 26, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.
This stunning production takes us to a mythical world of dwarfs
and gods, magical helmets, and a ring that endows its wearer with
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.
"Iain Paterson, a fine Scottish bass-baritone making an
impressive American debut, did everything he could with the
sinister, charmless bully he was directed to portray. He sang
splendidly. This is a talent to watch." - Chicago Tribune
"... the evening's runaway star was tenor Stefan Margita as the wily Loge. Singing with clarity and an exhilarating vein of sardonic insinuation, he brought both vocal allure and nimble theatrical inventiveness to the role." - San Francisco Chronicle
Wotan - Iain Paterson
Loge - Stefan Margita
Alberich - Christopher Purves
Mime - Rodell Rosel
Fricka - Jamie Barton
Erda - Meredith Arwady
Fasolt - Kristinn Sigmundsson
Fafner - Andrea Silvestrelli
Freia - Melody Moore
Donner - Ryan McKinny
Froh - Chad Shelton
Woglinde - Andrea Carroll
Flosshilde - Renee Tatum
Wellgunde - Catherine Martin
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
Houston Grand Opera Endowment, Inc.
Mr. John G. Turner and Mr. Jerry G. Fischer
Robin Angly and Miles Smith
The Brown Foundation Inc.
Carol Franc Buck Foundation
Mr. Richard A. Lydecker Jr.
Will L. McLendon
Co-production of Palau de les Arts "Reina Sofia," Valencia and Maggio Musicale, Florence
Photo by Tato Baeza/Palau de les Arts "Reina Sofia"