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“In a pre-Wagnerian Rhinegold curse story, Bagby spoke, sang and growled the fierce Old Norse narrative of this Icelandic saga...It was bloody, violent, hateful and brilliant.”

The Seattle Sun

Listen to Sequentia at the 2005 Festival (audio file)
Sequentia website


directed by Benjamin Bagby

Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 8pm
Sanders Theatre at Harvard University
Free pre-concert talk at 7pm

Tickets: $100, $64, $49, $38, $19 – reserved seating

The Rheingold Curse: A Germanic Saga of Greed

and Revenge from the Medieval Icelandic Edda

Medieval music ensemble Sequentia has been among the leaders in original research and theatrical renditions of medieval epics for nearly three decades. They return to the Boston Early Music Festival with a thrilling performance of Edda, one of the earliest Norse legends recounting the Rheingold curse: the bloody tale of revenge and seduction that also inspired Wagner’s Ring Cycle. In this magically theatrical piece rooted in the strange land of pre-Christian Norse stories, Sequentia, led by Benjamin Bagby, excavates the underlying emotional roots of these stories, and brings them to light in a stirring production that examines the best and worst sides of human nature in us all. Sung to the original Eddic poems (ca. 800-1000).

Benjamin Bagby, director, harp & voice
Norbert Rodenkirchen, flutes & harp
Elizabeth Gaver, fiddle
Agnethe Christensen, voice
Lena Susanne Norin, voice