Jerome Hines's Wotan
is more vivid in Die Walkiire than in Das Rheingold, though he sings both well.
slipped up when he did his deal with the builder-giants, offering them his sister-in-law, Freia, as payment.
I was preparing for a dress rehearsal and I received a phone call from Maestro Gergiev's assistant, telling me that Maestro wanted me to step in for a concert performance of Das Rheingold because the Wotan
at the time, Rene Pape, was indisposed.
Inset: Bryn as Wotan
- a role he will perform in Wagner's Ring Cycle at the Royal Opera House this autumn
Most of the singers were making their debut with the company and I was blown away by Bla Perencz as Wotan
and Annalena Persson as Brnnhilde.
, the god of laws, had stolen the hoard to pay the giants who built his fortress, Valhalla, and the Nibelungs want it back.
While the Nibelung's monstrously self-serving greed clearly needs to be counteracted for the general good, Wotan
is also tempted by the desire to possess the Ring for himself.
Instead of the usual rock, Wotan
beds Brunnhilde on one of the washing tables, a prosaic finale.
Tell me, did Siegfried just sit there and let Wotan
push him around?
Even though Wotan
possessed the ring which he stole from Alberich for less than half an hour, this corruption eventually leads, at the end of Gotterdammerung, to the burning of Valhalla, the haven which Wotan
had caused to be built to protect the gods from the world.
With: Adam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bleibtreu, Birol Unel, Anna Bederke, Pheline Roggan, Lucas Gregorowicz, Dorka Gryllus, Wotan
Wilke Moehring, Demir Gokgol, Monica Bleibtreu, Udo Kier, Marc Hosemann, Cem Akin, Catrin Striebeck, Jan Fedder, Julia Wachsmann, Markus Imboden, Gudrun Egner.
But is it Allah, The White Goddess, Wotan
, Krishna, or Yahweh who provides the best way forward when creating a numerical framework for interpreting quantum entanglement, quantum tunneling, or wave-particle duality?