Uploaded on Jun 4, 2007
This clip starts with Wotan giving the ring back to the giants and ends just as "Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge" starts--go here to see "Abendlich strahlt":
James Morris as Wotan
Matti Salminen as Fafner
Jan-Hendrik Rootering as Fasolt
Siegfried Jerusalem as Loge
Christa Ludwig as Fricka
Mark Baker as Froh
Alan Held as Donner
Otto Schenk's fine naturalistic stage production is matched by vintage playing of Met under James Levine, from 1990.
The costumes for the giants are among the best! Matti Salminen reappears in this cycle, even more impressively, as Hagen. Some of that already posted.
Das Rheingold ("The Rhine Gold"), by Richard Wagner, premiered at the National Theatre in Munich on 22 September 1869. Kaspar Bausewein was the original Fafner, and he also created roles of Harald in Die Feen, Veit Pogner in Die Mesitersinger, and Hunding in Die Walkure. Wagner stays pretty close to the source material (here, the Old Norse Volsunga Saga) in depicting Fafner's actions.