Tuesday, May 31, 2011

MSO Das Rheingold

I attended the final concert in Salle Wilfrid Pelltier at Place des arts. The orchestra moves to the new concert hall in September. The performance was a concert version of Das Rheingold, the beginning of the Ring series. I find Wagner somewhat long and tedious with memorable bits ( Ride of the Valkyrie eg.


Anna Russell does an amazingly funny summary of the Ring:







The concert was good, but it is long to have two and half hours with no intermission.



KENT NAGANO, conductor

LAURENT ALVARO, Wotan
NIKOLAI SCHUKOFF, Loge
ANKE VONDUNG, Fricka
WENDY BRYN HARMER, Freia
ALEXANDRE SYLVESTRE, Donner
ANTONIO FIGUEROA, Froh
ANNA LARSSON, Erda
EIKE WILM SCHULTE, Alberich
WOLFGANG ABLINGER-SPERRHACKE, Mime
MORRIS ROBINSON, Fasolt
PHILIP ENS, Fafner
MARIANNE LAMBERT, Woglinde
ANNA KASYAN, Wellgunde
ALLYSON MCHARDY, Flosshilde

WAGNER, Das Rheingold
Presentation of the opera in a concert version, with bilingual supertitles.





Pre-concert talk, May 29th, Piano Nobile at 1:30 p.m. and May 31th at 6:30 p.m.,CBC Radio Two’s Kelly Rice interviews Michel Veilleux.
After Tristan und Isolde and TannhaĆ¼ser, the OSM presents the concert version of Das Rheingold, the first opera in the celebrated tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen. Wagner plunges the listener into the very heart of Nordic mythology, with its gods, giants and dwarves in perpetual conflict, re-creating for us as he does so the world in its timelessness and its many metamorphoses, through turnarounds in the plot, mystifications and revelations. “No one has ever composed like this,” wrote Wagner to his friend Liszt. Discover why in this very last program given by the OSM in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier.


Here is my favourite part of the Ring:

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