Wotan and Brunhilde


Manchester Hallé ‘Das Rheingold’

Got my ticket for the Hallé ‘Das Rheingold’ at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester on 27 November 2016.  Should be fun!

Sir Mark Elder

Woglinde: Sarah Tynan, Soprano
Wellgunde: Jennifer Johnston, Mezzo-soprano
Flosshilde: Leah-Marian Jones, Mezzo-soprano
Alberich: Christopher Purves, Baritone
Wotan: Iain Paterson, Bass-baritone
Fricka: Susan Bickley, Mezzo-soprano
Freia: Emma Bell, Soprano
Fasolt: Reinhard Hagen, Bass
Fafner: Clive Bayley, Bass
Donner: David Stout, Baritone
Froh: David Butt Philip, Tenor
Loge: Will Hartmann, Tenor
Mime: Nicky Spence, Tenor

The Dragon

After all the excitement of the Opera North semi-staged UK Tour (I caught one complete cycle and two extra concerts) and the Bayreuth Sky broadcasts I think I’ll be taking it a little slower over the rest of summer and work on a bit more content in the background while I finish the Roger Scruton book on the Philosophy of the Ring, which so far I’m enjoying very much.  Will keep the Twitter feed ticking over and be back if anything exciting breaks (like the promised video release of the Opera North Leeds concerts for example) but otherwise will take a break for a few weeks. Enjoy the rest of the summer!!

Reminder: Bayreuth Ring Cycle on Sky Arts this weekend!


If you’re a Sky subscriber you can now set your recorder for the documentary and all four Ring Cycle operas (including a live Götterdämmerung on Sunday). The timings are as follows but be warned, if you have a standard Sky box all five programmes will probably take up over 55% of the disk space if you record in HD.  Time to start deleting those old episodes of Corrie you’ll never get round to watching anyway!

Note: Sky have adjusted the start times slightly and the documentary film is embedded in Das Rheingold on the listings. 

UK broadcast times
Saturday 30 July – Bayreuth Festival
6:45 Artists in Love: Wagner & Cosima
7:45pm Wagner Documentary & Das Rheingold
10.50pm Die Walküre

Sunday 31 July – Bayreuth Festival Complete Ring Cycle
3.30am Documentary & Das Rheingold
6.35am Die Walküre
11.15am Siegfried
4.25pm Götterdämmerung LIVE


Bugs Bunny in “What’s Opera, Doc?”

For your entertainment – one of the greatest short animations ever made!

The classic 1957 Warner Brothers Wagner inspired Bugs Bunny cartoon, featuring:

  • The overture from The Flying Dutchman
  • Siegfried‘s horn call 
  • The overture and “Pilgrims’ Chorus” from Tannhäuser
  • The Rienzi overture
  • The Bacchanal from Tannhäuser

What’s not to like?