Opéra de Montréal To Present ‘Das Rheingold’ After 20 Years

By Francisco Salazar

This November, the Opéra de Montréal will present Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” for the first time in 20 years.

The first chapter in Wagner’s tetralogy will be led by Michael Christie, who was part of the original team who created this visually and aurally stunning production of “Das Rheingold,” along with director Brian Staufenbiel, at the Minnesota Opera in 2016.

“In Wagner’s unique Bayreuth Festival Theater in Germany, the orchestra is placed directly below the stage with great acoustic effect but meant to counteract the imbalances that often occur with a typical orchestra pit,”  Christie noted in a press release. “This production positions the orchestra onstage, with and around the set and singers to create its own sense of balance with the vocal and visual drama. The incredible video design by David Murakami and unique positioning of singers through each scene gives the audience an overwhelming sense of three-dimensional perspective.”

The production is set to star Ryan McKinny, Nathan Berg, Aidan Ferguson, Julian Close, Soloman Howard, Caroline Bleau, Roger Honeywell, David Cangelosi, Gregory Dahl, Steeve Michaud, Meredith Arwady, Florence Bourget, and Andrea Núñez.

The production opens on Nov. 13 and runs through 17, 2018.