Epic Introduction: Wagner's 'Das Rheingold'


THE HIT SINGLE:  "Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla"

Das Rheingold ends as the gods cross the rainbow bridge into their new home. As that famous passage opens, Wotan (bass-baritone Iain Paterson) beckons his wife Fricka (mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly) towards the entryway. But as they proceed, the fire god Loge (tenor Roberto Saccà) senses that they're doomed, and thinks about engulfing them all in flames, while the Rhinemaidens are heard below, lamenting the loss of their precious gold.