Author(s): Richard Wagner
Company: Birmingham Opera Company
Running time: 2h 40min approx
Hidden in plain sight, three guardians collude to protect the gold for those in power. An outsider, Alberich stumbles upon them and an opportunity to make his life matter, but at a cost. Meanwhile, Leader Wotan desperate to hang on to the Gods’ fading glory, struggles to balance power, his own laws and the standards of public life. But his Chief Advisor, Loge, always has a plan. Mother Nature warns that greed for power will bring its own destruction. No-one listens. Whose lives matter? Who pays the price?
Birmingham Opera Company, known for staging opera in empty warehouses and disused factories, here performs RhineGold in the relatively conventional surroundings of Birmingham Symphony Hall. The production, from August 2021, is an urban RhineGold; Rhinemaidens are selfie-taking party girls, Alberich is cycle courier and Wotan is first seen giving a press conference for FNN: Fake News Network, with a new English translation by Jeremy Sams.