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  • The lowest female voice, used in roles requiring gravitas, such as Mistress Quickly Falstaff or Erda in Wagner's Ring Cycle.

    Who's who: the different voices in opera

  • Chinese contralto Qiu Lin Zhang is riveting in her cameo as Erda, well played with Finnish baritone Juha Uusitalo as Wotan disguised as The Wanderer.

    Misjudged Siegfried Is No Laughing Matter

  • Terfel does best when he has something clear to play; and when he knew what Wotan wanted, he burst out with the best of them, demanding that Erda stay and reveal the meaning of her prophecy, or formally, regally escorting his wife, Fricka, into their new home.

    The Met's 'Das Rheingold': Cast for the simulcast?

  • The god-brothers Froh (Adam Diegel) and Donner (Dwayne Croft, Richard's brother) tried to pump out as much sound as possible, with varying degrees of success; as Erda, Patricia Bardon forced a hoot into her voice by trying to turn a midsize instrument into the stentorian voice of prophecy.

    The Met's 'Das Rheingold': Cast for the simulcast?

  • The Wagner allusions are neat -- Brunnhilde (whose famous Ride is quoted wittily in the Ponyo score) is the daughter of Wotan, the king of the gods, and Erda, goddess of the earth, who dumped his sorry ass before the opera begins.


  • Some people who normally are exemplary, like Jill Grove as Erda, seemed lost in the acoustical challenges of the hall and the production.

    The eyes have it

  • A perfectly pleasant Michelle DeYoung makes her company debut as Fricka and as with Loge and Erda, has more hands than she knows what to do with.

    The eyes have it

  • Ronnita Miller brought some cavernous low notes and a bit of a wobble to Erda.

    Ring Around the Obvious

  • His subsequent exchange with Erda, the voluptuous-voiced Patricia Bardon, in a costume of black mirrors and a long white wig, had a potent, intimate chemistry Wotan and Erda have a history, unusual in a scene that often plays as yet another boring recounting of "Ring" backstory by two bellowing singers.

    Of Gods And Monsters

  • In one of the production's finest moments, the Wanderer walked to the very edge of a plank, which jutted out over the void like a rocky promontory, and called for the goddess Erda with the desperate, last-ditch ferocity of Lear howling on the heath.

    Of Gods And Monsters


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