Great Performances at the Met
"Wagner's Ring Cycle - Das Rheingold"
The gods of Valhalla clash with underworld dwarves and giants in this opening opera of the cycle. Evil Alberich steals gold from the Rhine and uses it to forge a ring of unimaginable power. Wotan (Bryn Terfel), the king of the gods, uses magic to steal the ring but it is cursed, guaranteeing misery for whoever wears it. Unwilling to part with the ring, Wotan breaks a contract with the giants and sets a chain of events in motion that will end in his destruction. James Levine conducts. Sung in German with English subtitles.G