Royal Opera

Das Rheingold

In Cinemas 14, 15 & 18 Oct 2023
Antonio Pappano
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Christopher Maltman (Wotan), Christopher Purves (Alberich), Sean Panikkar (Loge), Marina Prudenskaya (Fricka), Kiandra Howarth (Freia), Wiebke Lehmkuhl (Erda), Kostas Smoriginas (Donner), Rodrick Dixon (Froh), Brenton Ryan (Mime), In Sung Sim (Fasolt), Soloman Howard (Fafner)
Richard Wagner
Barrie Kosky
Set Design
Rufus Didwiszus
2h57, without interval
Sung in German, with English subtitles
Captured live from Covent Garden, London 20 Sep 2023
Official Event Listing
  • Enthralling. Kosky’s serious underlying intent doesn’t preclude jolting wit. There isn’t a weak voice among the cast. And Pappano conducts a magnificent orchestral performance that perfectly balances the baleful and brassy with the delicate and detailed.
    Richard Morrison, THE TIMES
    Compelling. There’s no weak link in a uniformly strong cast, and in the pit Pappano has the measure of Wagner’s grandeur and intimacy.
    Andrew Clements, THE GUARDIAN
    Wagner’s epic drama of greed and fate flies by. Kosky and Pappano have produced a vivid, compelling show.
    Richard Fairman, FINANCIAL TIMES
    NYT Critic's Pick! Eerie, vivid and intense, accessible and stimulating for Wagner newcomers and connoisseurs alike.
    Zachary Woolfe, THE NEW YORK TIMES
    Magnificently gripping.
    William Hartston, EXPRESS

Opera in four scenes (1869)

New Production! Celebrated Australian director Barrie Kosky joins forces with conductor Antonio Pappano in a bold new imagining of the first chapter of Wagner's Ring cycle, a work which boasts some of the greatest music ever written for the opera stage.

When a precious hoard of gold is stolen from the river Rhine, it unleashes a chain of destructive events, pitting gods and mortals against one another for generations.

Join us for a spectacular journey into the world of myth, dream and memory, with the figure of Erda (Wiebke Lehmkuhl) – Mother Earth herself – at its centre. The outstanding cast includes Christopher Maltman as Wotan, Marina Prudenskaya as Fricka and Christopher Purves as Alberich.

This is a momentous occasion you don't want to miss.

ROH Guidance: Suitable for ages 12+. This production contains scenes of nudity and depictions of blood and violence.