Interview with Denyce Graves of “Das Rheingold”

Devon Cass

Check out a conversation with celebrated mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves who will perform in Seattle Opera’s Das Rheingold this August.

Denyce Graves will have her Seattle Opera debut as the earth goddess Erda in Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold. Graves’ credits include Sally in The Hours at Metropolitan Opera, Klytämnestra in Elektra at The Dallas Opera, Auntie in Peter Grimes at Metropolitan Opera, and Mary Cardwell Dawson in The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson at Washington National Opera.

Das Rheingold will play at Seattle Opera August 12 to 20. The first of the four dramas that makes up Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, or The Ring of the Nibelung, Das Rheingold tells the story of the Nibelung Alberich who steals enchanted gold to craft a ring which allows him to become all powerful. Yet the corruptive power won’t be his forever as gods and giants discover how far they will go to possess the cursed ring. Brother kills brother, the innocent are enslaved, and the King of Gods must decide where his power truly lies.

Read Denyce’s full interview on Seattle Opera’s website.