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Wotan: Ben Wager and Fricka: Hannah Ludwig
Flosshilde: Pascale Spinney and Alberich: Ethan Simpson
Loge: Piotr Buszewski

2017–2018 Season

Das Rheingold · Richard Wagner

Saturday, January 20 – Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Wagner's Das Rheingold with piano accompaniment

A cautionary tale about the price of too much power, when a dwarf named Alberich manages to come into possession of the Rhine gold, a ring that enables its bearer to rule the world, but at a terrible cost.

Wagner’s Ring Cycle is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest operatic works ever composed, and Das Rheingold is the first of the four music dramas that comprise the Cycle. AVA’s last production of Das Rheingold during the 2005/06 season featured singers who are now enjoying careers across the globe: Nicole Piccolomini as Flosshilde and Erda, Evelyn Pollock as Woglinde, Michael Fabiano as Froh and Keith Miller as Fafner. Ms. Piccolomini sang Erda (Rheingold and Siegfried) at Oper Leipzig (2013-2017) & Flosshilde at Opera national de Paris in 2010 and Deutsche Oper Berlin in 2007 & 2008. Don't miss opera's future stars in this production!

Sung in German with English subtitles

Young Professionals (ages 21-45) can enjoy a discounted ticket for the January 27 and January 30 performances! 

Music Director and piano: Luke Housner

January 20, 23, 25, 27 and 30 at 7:30 pm, all performances are at the Helen Corning Warden Theater at AVA

Das Rheingold Cast

Wotan:  Ben Wager (January 20, 25, 30) / Nathan Milholin (January 23 and 27)

Donner: Daniel Gallegos

Froh: Marco Cammarota

Loge: Piotr Buszewski

Fricka:  Hannah Ludwig

Freia:  Alexandra Nowakowski

Erda:  Gabriela Flores

Alberich:  Ethan Simpson  (January 20, 25, 30)  /Timothy Renner (January 23 and 27)

Mime: Abraham Bretón 

Fasolt: Daniel Noyola

Fafner: Brent Michael Smith

Woglinde: Meryl Dominguez

Wellgunde: Alexandra Razskazoff

Flosshilde:  Pascale Spinney

Nibelungs: (from the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale) Hayden Basch, Kael Käufer, Henry Lomba, Gabriel Oprea, Christopher Sempier, Jayden Washington

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