Pierre Mak - Fasolt
Bart Driessen - Fafner
Mark Omvlee - Mime
Peter Arink - Donner
Pascal Pittie - Froh
Cecile van de Sant - Erda
Simone van Lieshout - Woglinde
Ellen van Beek - Wellgunde
Eilzabeth Veilleux - Floßhilde
Martina Prins - Freia

proved to be very effective. Details which often go unnoticed or are missing altogether became apparent. Without belaboring the point, Wotan’s thirst for power, Fricka’s egoism, and Freya’s embarrassment , all became clear and visible  at the end as core elements of Wagner’s total Ring-concept."

Paul Korenhof at www.opusklassiek.nl
July 10, 2013


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"The dream of a few overly-ambitious students from  Utrecht, to put on a production of Wagner’s “Das Rheingold”, on a barge  floating on the Rhine river, resulted in a riveting successful production with all the bells and whistles attached.
[...] The direction by Wim Trompert, was original, funny and had a contemporary undercurrent about greed and malversations. The gold was symbolized by gold bars which looked like Rhine barges. The limited space was used intelligently. And an original cut was made in the single act opera so as to create an intermission."

Peter van der Lint in 'Trouw', July 20, 2013


Cecile van de Sant
as Erda

Wilke te Brummelstroete as Fricka
Photo: Eric Goossens

Pierre Mak and
Bart Driessen as
Fasolt and Fafner

Fluid gold

[...] "The Rhine River itself played an integral part as a venue for the opera. Considering the river as an economic artery flowing through the Ruhr Valley and the Netherlands, Wim Trompert joins G.B. Shaw,  who coined the "capitalistic" interpretation of Wagner's Ring in the Perfect Wagnerite many years ago, causing initially much misunderstanding, but after the vision of Patrice Chéreau in Bayreuth (1976) it is widely considered to be the consensus. In a space that by definition demands a concrete approach, Trompert strived for a translucent input like a parable without symbolism, relying on his detailed staging of the singers. This resulted in a production which was audience friendly and

"It is not often that one sees professional singers lustfully splashing about. The audience would have to be of stone, if they didn’t regret not having had their swimsuits with them in the grandiose, lively opening scene.

Precise Direction,
inspiring vocalists

Wotan, - who is a god after all. -, has his with him. We see the regent supported by rubber. He is carried by the “Rettungs-Ring des Nibelungen”. You might be tempted to think this is  burlesque, but Wim Trompert’s precise direction is far from that. Where these gods are posed as decadent rulers poolside, disregarding their unpaid bills, he approaches Wagner’s satire laden “Ring-Vorabend”, lightheartedly, on swimming fins."

Lars von der Gönna in
WAZ (translation Tjeerd Stam)
July 7, 2013

Nanco de Vries
as Wotan
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Ellen van Beek
Simone van Lieshout
Elizabeth Veilleux
Anthony Heidweiler
Conductor: Bas Pollard
Director: Wim Trompert
Set designer: Eric Goossens
Costumes: Mirjam Pater
Lighting: Uri and Dan Rapaport
Utrechtsch Studenten Concert
Nanco de Vries - Wotan
Marcel Reijans - Loge
Anthony Heidweiler - Alberich
Wilke te Brummelstroete - Fricka

Richard Wagner: 'Das Rheingold'

Rheingold on the Rhine Project 2013

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