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Götterdämmerung 1971Scottish Opera

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Before the single Ring Cycle in December, the company revived the 1967 Rheingold and mounted the new Siegfried during the spring tour. The 1966 Walküre had followed at the Edinburgh Festival. It remained for the 1968 Götterdämmerung to be dusted down for a single performance on the Saturday before the cycle. When Helga Dernesch, scheduled to sing Brünnhilde, became delayed in Vienna due to an important recording with Georg Solti overrunning, the current Bayreuth interpreter of the role, Berit Lindholm, was lined up for the first performance. She was also available, and agreed to return, for the cycle performances of Siegfried and Götterdämmerung. But she was already committed to sing a performance of Tosca in Stockholm on the Tuesday, so could not sing Walküre, for which Margaret Kingsley was brought in.

The whole enterprise was a considerable triumph for all concerned, in spite of a looming financial crisis - one of many to afflict the company over the years.

Performance Cast

First Norn

Johanna Peters

Second Norn

Anna Reynolds

Third Norn

Heather Howson

Brünnhilde Siegfried's lover

Berit Lindholm


Ticho Parly

Gunther a Gibichung

John Shaw

Hagen son of Alberich

Louis Hendrikx

Gutrune a Gibichung, Gunther's sister

Catherine Wilson

Waltraute a Valkyrie, Brünnhilde's sister

Anna Reynolds

Alberich a Nibelung

Raymond Myers

Woglinde a Rhinemaiden

Patricia Hay

Wellgunde a Rhinemaiden

Heather Howson

Flosshilde a Rhinemaiden

Claire Livingstone

Performance DatesGötterdämmerung 1971

Map List

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

11 Dec, 17.00 18 Dec, 17.00

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