Dramaturgy forum meeting with the creators of RhineGold (Birmingham Opera Company) on Zoom – 3 October 2022 at 11.30 CEST (10.30 BST)
Opera Europa’s newly created forum for dramaturgy starts its series of online meetings around selected streams on OperaVision with RhineGold from Birmingham Opera Company. Dramaturgs from across Europe will be joined by Director Richard Willacy and conductor Alpesh Chauhan for this inaugural discussion..
About the production:
Birmingham Opera Company, known for staging opera in empty warehouses and disused factories, here performs RhineGold in the relatively conventional surroundings of Birmingham Symphony Hall. The production is from August 2021 with the pandemic still dictating so much of our lives. This did not stop the company gathering an orchestra of 87 players from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a stellar international cast performing alongside local volunteers. Conspicuous in his absence is the company’s founding director, Graham Vick, who passed away just as rehearsals were beginning. True to Vick’s spirit, his long-term collaborator Richard Willacy brings an operatic masterpiece close to the community that the company serves, with no fear of social commentary. This is an urban Rheingold; Rhinemaidens are selfie-taking party girls, Alberich is cycle courier, and Wotan is first seen giving a press conference for FNN: Fake News Network. This RhineGold, complete with the new English translation by Jeremy Sams, can be seen as a step closer to Wagner’s vision of a total work of art acting as a lever of change in society.
View RhineGold from 9 September on https://operavision.eu/performance/rhinegold
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