Zambello's 'American Ring' Begins With Das Rheingold

Classic Arts News   Zambello's 'American Ring' Begins With Das Rheingold
Washington National Opera launches its new production of Wagner's Ring cycle tonight with the first performance of Das Rheingold, the prelude to the four-part epic.

The WNO's staging, a co-production with San Francisco Opera, is directed by Francesca Zambello, with sets by Michael Yeargan and costumes by Anita Yavich.

In December, Zambello said that she and WNO general director Plšcido Domingo had conceived her production as an "American Ring," with imagery drawn from the "American history, mythology, iconography, and landscape." In costumes sketches, the goddess Erda is depicted as a Native American woman; Wotan wears a stylish, sharp-creased suit and an eye patch.

The cast includes Robert Hale as Wotan, Robin Leggate as Loge, Gordon Hawkins as Alberich, Elizabeth Bishop as Fricka, and Elena Zaremba as Erda. WNO music director Heinz Fricke is the conductor.

Das Rheingold runs through April 14. The cycle will continue next season with a production of Die Walk‹re starring Domingo.

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