Wagner’s Wondrous World

Das Rheingold is an incredibly innovative opera; characters changing into animals, Rhinemaidens swimming on stage, and dramatic scene changes are just some of the imaginative techniques used by Wagner. The instrumentation used by Wagner for the opera was also ground-breaking. Bass trumpet and contrabass trombone, seven harps and the incredible …

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Game of Rings

Although the HBO TV series Game of Thrones is partly based on the English Wars of the Roses, there are also many parallels with the Norse mythology that Wagner drew on for The Ring of the Niebelungen. For a start, there’s a lot of sex, especially involving illegitimate children and …

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Big Screen

BPO’s performance of Das Rheingold on the 13th October in Symphony Hall will be unique in many ways. Never before has a non-professional orchestra performed this amazing work in one of the first concert halls in the country, Symphony Hall. Our cast has been hand picked by our musical director, …

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Marvel Mythology

The integration of mythological characters in dramatic present day settings has in part led to the incredible success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the last ten years. Thor and Loki in particular are significantly influential in Marvel storylines as they have been from the early days of the Marvel …

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One Ring…..

“One Ring to rule them all….”  There are many parallels between J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung. Both works centre around an all-powerful, but cursed, golden ring; dragons, hoards of gold and reforged swords also feature strongly in both works. During his …

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