Wagner’s Das Rheingold Comes to the Clark Live from the Met

For Immediate Release

October 01, 2010

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Wagner’s Das Rheingold comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, October 9 at 1:00 pm, live from the Metropolitan Opera as part of the Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning series The Met: Live in HD. Two unparalleled artists, maestro James Levine and director Robert Lepage, join forces to create this groundbreaking new Das Rheingold, the prologue to Wagner’s epic drama The Ring. Tickets are on sale now for $25 ($18 for students). Full series subscriptions are available for the 12-performance season. For tickets, call 413 458 0MET (458 0638) or visit clarkart.edu.

Bryn Terfel leads the cast, singing the role of Wotan for the first time with the Met Opera company. Featured performers include Wendy Bryn Harmer as Freia, Stephanie Blythe as Fricka, Patricia Bardon as Erda, Eric Owens as Alberich, and Richard Croft as Loge. Das Rheingold premiered at the Met on September 27 to rave reviews. The New York Times praised “the splendid performance [Levine] drew from the superb Met orchestra, which played brilliantly, and the excellent cast, as strong a lineup of vocal artists for a Wagner opera as I have heard in years.”

The Ring is not just a story or a series of operas, it’s a cosmos,” says Lepage, who has brought cutting-edge technology and his own visionary imagination to Wagner’s celebrated work. Levine’s remarkable staging is generating as much excitement as Wagner’s music for its inventive and complex visuals. Designed by Carl Fillion, the set is composed of 24 aluminum planks connected to a central axis, allowing the pieces to rise, fall, and twist, yielding “enough awe-inspiring effects and haunting images to create a sense of wonderment that befits Wagner's mythological epic” (Associated Press). Das Rheingold provides the audiences with “a mesmerizing display of virtual magic, giving them plenty to feast their eyes on in the intimate scenes between the coups de théâtre. Images projected on to the set evoke the depths of the Rhine, the mountaintops of the gods and the underground realm of the Nibelungen” (Daily Telegraph).

The Met: Live in HD series continues with Boris Godunov (October 23), Don Pasquale (November 13), Don Carlo (December 11), La Fanciulla del West (January 8), Nixon in China (February 12), Iphigénie en Tauride (February 26), Lucia di Lammermoor (March 19), Le Comte Ory (April 9), Capriccio (April 23), Il Trovatore (April 30), and Die Walküre (May 14).

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The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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October 9: Wagner’s Das Rheingold comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, October 9 at 1:00 pm, live from the Metropolitan Opera as part of the Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning series The Met: Live in HD. Two unparalleled artists, maestro James Levine and director Robert Lepage, join forces to create this groundbreaking new Das Rheingold, the prologue to Wagner’s epic drama The Ring. Tickets are on sale now for $25 ($18 for students). Full series subscriptions are available for the 12-performance season. For tickets, call 413 458 OMET (458 0638) or visit clarkart.edu. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

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