Los Angeles Opera presents Gotterdammerung

Los Angeles Opera presents Gotterdammerung

Sat, 08/14/2010 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Photo by: Monika Rittershaus

Spend Saturday afternoon with the Los Angeles Opera as the company presents Wagner's epic music drama.

The curse of the ring runs its course in the final chapter of Wagner's epic music drama. The Twilight of the Gods (Gotterdammerung), airing Saturday, August 14 at 1 p.m. on Classical 91.5/FM-HD91.5-1,  begins with the rapturous love shared by Brünnhilde (Linda Watson, pictured) and Siegfried (John Treleaven). But the evil Hagen (Eric Halfvarson), son of the dwarf Alberich (Richard Paul Fink), plots against Siegfried, first administering a magic potion of forgetfulness and then murdering him. Brünnhilde returns the ring to the Rhinemaidens, who drag Hagen down to the river's depths as he clambers after the ring. The Rhine overflows its banks and Valhalla goes up in flames in a dramatically spectacular finale unparalleled in opera.

Opera Today has commented that "LA Opera Music Director conductor James Conlon, who mastered Wagner during his years in Cologne and Paris, drew superb playing from the LA Opera Orchestra…a thrill a minute!" The Sunday Times (London) called his Wagner conducting "luminous, viscerally exciting!"

You'll be swept away on an incredible adventure: from the opening Prologue drenched in doom to "Dawn and Rhine Journey" to "Siegfried's Funeral March" culminating in the dramatic climax of the final apocalyptic "Immolation Scene." This celebration of the human spirit soars to heights of heroism and proclaims the redemptive power of love.

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