Karajan conducts Wagner: Das Rheingold
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Karajan conducts Wagner: Das Rheingold

Berliner Philharmoniker

Production Date: 19/11/1978
146 Min

Wagner’s Ring cycle demands an epic vision. Incredibly, this ambition film of Das Rheingold from 1978, based on the production that Herbert von Karajan conducted and directed at the Salzburg Festival, is the only surviving film of Karajan – one of the supreme Wagner conductors of all time – conducting a staged performance of one of Wagner’s music-dramas. Karajan’s directorial vision is traditional but potent, and with a cast that includes Thomas Stewart as Wotan, Brigitte Fassbaender as Fricka and Peter Schreier as the mischievous Loge, as well as the Berliner Philharmoniker in the orchestra pit, it sounds as striking as it looks.

Soloists
Jeannine Altmeyer (Soprano), Hermin Esser (Baritone), Brigitte Fassbaender (Mezzo-Soprano), Birgit Finnilä (Contralto), Louis Hendrikx (Bass), Vladimir de Kanel (Bass), Zoltan Kelemen (Bass), Martha Mödl (Mezzo-Soprano), Edda Moser (Soprano), Gerd Nienstedt (Bass), Eva Randová (Mezzo-Soprano), Liselotte Rebmann (Soprano), Karl Ridderbusch (Bass), Leif Roar (Bass), Peter Schreier (Tenor), Thomas Stewart (Baritone), Gerhard Stolze (Tenor)
Ensemble
Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor
Herbert von Karajan