Richard Wagner

The Rhinegold

Greedy. Jealous. Lustful. The gods are all-too-human.

When the forging of a prophesied ring of the Rhine proves more problematic than you’d possibly think, the realms of gods and men prove all the more chaotic for it. Giants, dwarfs, nymphs and deities quarrel and clash, with the fate of the nine worlds in the balance. 

The Rhinegold (Das Rheingold) is the first part of Richard Wagner’s epic four-opera Ring Cycle, performed by the ENO as part of a five-year collaboration bringing Wagner’s magnum opus to the London Coliseum.

Olivier award-winning director, Richard Jones, returns from 2021’s ‘powerful’ (Evening Standard) production of The Valkyrie to work alongside ENO Music Director, Martyn Brabbins, who channels Wagner’s tempestuous score conducting the ENO Orchestra. Wotan, played by John Relyea, is accompanied by Frederick Ballentine (Loge), former Harewood Artist, Madeleine Shaw (Fricka), Christine Rice (Erda), Leigh Melrose (Alberich) and James Cresswell (Fafner), amongst others. 

Book your opera tickets to witness the start of a saga, in The Rhinegold, and experience the power of Wagner’s music live at the London Coliseum.


German National Tourist Board supports ENO's The Rhinegold

'This production is an ensemble success... Witty and insightful'

The Guardian

'Armed with more glitter than a drag convention'

The Telegraph

'Witty, cheeky show... It made me smile more than any Wagner I’ve seen'

The Times

Running Time
2hrs 45mins

There is no interval.


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Tickets start at just £10 plus £3.25 booking fee per ticket. A maximum of £9.75 per transaction is charged for Multi-buy Packages.
Sung in English. Our surtitles system displays sung words above the stage.

Age guidance: 12+.  Please be aware that this production contains nudity.

For more information, please contact our box office on 020 7845 9300 or [email protected]

Discover The Rhinegold

The Rhinegold Creative Team 2023

The Rhinegold Cast 2023