Wagner

BC20180922_0669 Bock as Wellgunde, Simkin as Flosshilde, Fagan as Woglinde (C) ROH 2018. Photography by Bill Cooper
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Airs Saturday, May 25, 2019, at 12 noon. The WFMT Fine Arts Networks continues it's summer opera series the Royal Opera House and the BBC in a production of Wagner's Das Rheingold featuring Lauren Fagan as Woglinde and Christina Bock as Wellgunde, with Andela Simkin as Flosshilde, Johannes Martin Kränzle as Alberichr, John Lundgren as Wotan, Sarah Connolly as Fricka, and Lise Davidsen Freia. Antonio Pappano conducts.

Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 11 a.m. The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Götterdämmerung, the fourth and final opera of Wagner’s epic cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. Soprano Christine Goerke continues in the starring role of Brünnhilde, a goddess now made mortal, opposite tenor Andreas Schager making his Met debut as Siegfried, and bass-baritone Eric Owens as the scheming Hagen. The cast of preeminent Wagnerian singers also features bass-baritones Tomasz Konieczny as the Nibelung Alberich, Hagen’s father, and Evgeny Nikitin as Gunther.

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Airs Saturday, April 13, 2019, at 11 a.m. The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Siegfried, the third opera of Wagner’s epic masterwork Der Ring des Nibelungen. Stefan Vinke, internationally acclaimed in the title role, makes his Met debut as Siegfried, an unruly young man destined to become a hero. Gerhard Siegel is Mime, who raises Siegfried in order to gain power himself. Michael Volle is the Wanderer who anticipates the end of the rule of the gods, and Christine Goerke is Brünnhilde.

Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, March 30, at 11:30 a.m. The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Die Walküre, the second opera of Wagner’s four-part masterwork Der Ring des Nibelungen. The cast of preeminent Wagnerian singers is led by Christine Goerke as the warrior maiden Brünnhilde, and Greer Grimsley as her father, the god Wotan, who relies on his half-mortal offspring to lift the curse of the ring. The twins, Sieglinde and Siegmund, are Eva-Marie Westbroek and Stuart Skelton. Jamie Barton sings Wotan’s wife Fricka, and Günther Groissböck is Hunding.

Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 12 noon. The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Das Rheingold, the first opera of Wagner’s four-part cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. The cast of preeminent Wagnerian singers features Greer Grimsley as Wotan, the flawed king of the gods, Norbert Ernst as the crafty Loge, and Tomasz Konieczny as Alberich, who forges a ring that carries great power and a dreadful curse. Jamie Barton is Wotan’s wife Fricka, Günther Groissbock and Dmitry Belosselskiy sing the giants Fasolt and Fafner, Karen Cargill is Erda, the mysterious goddess of the earth, Gerhard Siegel is Alberich’s brother Mime, and Wendy Bryn Harmer is Freia, the goddess of youth. Philippe Jordan conducts the performance. Das Rheingold is the first of all four Ring cycle operas to be featured in upcoming Saturday matinee broadcasts. It will be heard live over Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 noon CT on Saturday, March 9.

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