When a precious hoard of gold is stolen from the river Rhine, it unleashes a chain of
destructive events, pitting gods and mortals against one another for generations. Wagner’s
Ring cycle boasts some of the greatest music ever written for the opera stage. Join us as we
embark on a spectacular journey into the world of myth, dream and memory, with the figure
of Erda – Mother Earth herself – at its centre. Antonio Pappano conducts Barrie Kosky’s bold
new imagining of Wagner’s Das Rheingold – which marks the start of a new Ring cycle for
The Royal Opera – with an outstanding cast including Christopher Maltman (Wotan) and
Christopher Purves (Alberich).