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The Lord of the Gods, maker of laws is in trouble. To shore up his own delusional ambitions and hang on to the Gods’ fading glory he chooses to break the very law which holds all races in balance. Mother Nature warns that greed for power will bring its own destruction. No-one listens.

Birmingham Opera Company’s eagerly awaited production of Wagner’s RhineGold came to Symphony Hall in Summer 2021. Performed in English, with its full musical forces: an orchestra of 87 players from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, a stellar international cast plus local volunteers. As ever, it was opera for our times. 

Nominated for a South Bank Sky Arts Award for Opera July 2022.

"Ecstasy from Birmingham Opera Company... incontestably the most artistically significant force in British opera this century"- The Spectator 

★★★★★ "A triumph" - The Telegraph 

★★★★★ "A fantastic show imbued with the spirit of Graham Vick" - The Times

★★★★ "Music-drama at the highest level" - The Arts Desk 

Image: Alpesh Chauhan © Adam Fradgley

Continuing the company’s ongoing collaboration with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the cast were accompanied on stage by CBSO musicians, enjoying the world-renowned acoustics at the orchestra’s home venue. The CBSO was conducted by Music Director and winner of the 2021 International Opera Award (Newcomer of the Year), Alpesh Chauhan. 

Director - Richard Willacy

Designer- Stuart Nunn 

Lighting Designer- Matthew Richardson 

The Cast 

Wotan  Eric Greene 
Loge Brenden Gunnell
Fricka  Chrystal E Williams
Freia  Francesca Chiejina
Froh Amar Muchhala
Donner Byron Jackson 
Erda  Gweneth-Ann Rand 
Alberich  Ross Ramgobin 
Fasolt  Keel Watson 
Fafner  Andrew Slater 
Mime  John-Colyn Gyeantey
Woglinde  Zoe Drummond
Wellgunde  Felicity Buckland 
Flosshilde  Georgia Mae Bishop

Image: Chrystal E Williams (Fricka) © Adam Fradgley

Image: Eric Greene (Wotan) © Adam Fradgley

Image: L-R Eric Greene (Wotan); Ross Ramgobin (Alberich); Brenden Gunnell (Loge) © Adam Fradgley 

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Not what you expect....

We're normally known for staging productions in large warehouses and former factories in which the cast, volunteers and audience freely mingle in ways which have been impractical under current conditions. With uncertainties over changes to the Covid Road Map present throughout rehearsals, we decided to move the production from its intended venue at Port Loop, part of a major redevelopment site by Urban Splash.

Banner Image: L-R: Brenden Gunnell (Loge); Eric Greene (Wotan); Chrystal E Williams (Fricka) © Adam Fradgley

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