The Metropolitan Opera broadcasts continue on Classical 90.5 at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday, April 6th, with a performance of Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner. The composer based his German libretto on ancient Nordic epics. The performance will run approximately three hours and forty-five minutes.

In Norse mythology, Northern Europe consisted of three realms: the underworld, inhabited by Nibelungs; the earth's surface, inhabited by giants and mortals; and the cloudy heights of Valhalla, inhabited by the gods. Das Rheingold is the story of Valhalla’s creation and is the first work in Wagner's four-opera cycle Der Ring des Niebelungen, in which the theft of the Rheingold and Alberich's curse set off the tragic events that will lead to the downfall of the gods.

Robert Lepage, the director of the Met's production of Das Rheingold, brings cutting-edge technology and his own visionary imagination to the world's greatest theatrical journey. Lepage says "The Ring is not just a story or a series of operas, it's a cosmos." Fabio Luisi conducts.

THE CAST
Freia: Wendy Bryn Harmer
Fricka: Stephanie Blythe
Erda: Meredith Arwady
Loge: Stefan Margita
Mime: Gerhard Siegel
Wotan: Mark Delavan
Alberich: Eric Owens
Fasolt: Franz-Josef Selig
Fafner: Hans-Peter König