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Das Rheingold

Mariinsky Opera
Monday 15 August 2016
Usher Hall

A lust for power, but at a terrible price. When the sinister dwarf Alberich steals the coveted Rhine gold from the three daughters of the river, he forges a ring to bring himself infinite power over the world – but incurs the wrath of Wotan and the jealous gods.

Das Rheingold introduced the vast, mythical world of Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle, one of the greatest achievements in all opera.

Seemingly inexhaustible and mesmerisingly charismatic, powerhouse conductor Valery Gergiev is famed globally for the raw, visceral power of his music-making. St Petersburg’s historic Mariinsky Theatre is believed to be the first venue where Wagner conducted some of The Ring’s mighty music. With the exceptional forces of the Mariinsky Opera and a cast of international-class soloists drawn from the company’s performers, Gergiev brings his remarkable vision of Das Rheingold to the 2016 International Festival.

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  • Language: 
    Sung in German with English supertitles
  • Running time: 
    2 hours 30 minutes approximately, no interval


Usher Hall

Lothian Road

Supported by 

Dunard Fund



Valery Gergiev Conductor

Cast includes
Vitalij Kowaljow Wotan
Mikhail Vekua Loge
Ekaterina Semenchuk Fricka
Vladislav Sulimsky Alberich
Andrei Popov Mime
Yury Vorobiev Fasolt
Mikhail Petrenko Fafner

More information about some of the artists

Mariinsky Opera

Valery Gergiev

Vitalij Kowaljow

Mikhail Vekua

Ekaterina Semenchuk

Andrei Popov

Yury Vorobiev

Das Rheingold | The Herald

August 16th 2016

Keening, ethereal woodwinds ramped up the tension with measured focus, and at the triumphant climaxes the brass were more than ready, banks of trombones and horns swelling in irresistible crescendo

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Review by: 

Martin Kershaw

The Herald

Das Rheingold | Seen and Heard International

August 16th 2016

I loved having this great orchestra on stage and seeing into the inner working of this music-drama, in a way that would have infuriated the composer but is continuously thrilling for those who know the work.

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Review by: 

Simon Thompson

Seen and Heard International

Das Rheingold | Scottish Daily Mail

August 17th 2016

two-and-a-half hours of sustained brilliance and passion

Review by: 

Tom Kyle

Scottish Daily Mail

Das Rheingold | Bach Track

August 17th 2016

There is no getting away from the sheer thrill of this work

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Review by: 

David Smythe

Bach Track

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

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Grand circle: £47 £40 £26.50
Stalls: £47 £40 £32.50
Upper circle: £26.50 £20.50 £14.50