Das Rheingold

Prelude to

Der Ring des Nibelungen (1869)

Text and music by

Richard Wagner

The Nibelung dwarf Alberich robs the Rhinemaidens of the Rhinegold to forge a ring that confers »endless power«. Meanwhile, Wotan, the father of the gods, is forced into action. To reward the giants Fasolt and Fafner for building the castle Valhalla, he steals the Nibelungs’ treasure with the help of Loge, the cunning fire god. Alberich curses the ring and all its future owners – the tragedy takes its course.

»The Rheingold« is the foundation of Wagner’s epochal »Ring« tetralogy, which took him around a quarter of a century to write. During this fast-paced and breathless »eve« of the stage festival, major themes are introduced through the action and the music. With the deep E notes of the double basses, Wagner reveals his mythological world, the rise and fall of which are presented to the audience on stage and in the music with great urgency. It is a world of gods, giants, dwarfs and natural beings, placed on strictly hierarchical levels and with various potential for conflict. And although the »Rheingold« bears the features of a fantasy story, much more develops from the events: a true world drama of immense proportions and universal significance that remains highly relevant in the present day. Wagner’s major family saga becomes an all-encompassing epic about power and love, war and peace, and the beneficial and disastrous effects of passions.

Dates

Premiere RING-Zyklus I
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Language: In German language with German and English surtitles
Vorwort 45 Minuten vor Vorstellungsbeginn im Apollosaal
RING-Zyklus II
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Language: In German language with German and English surtitles
Vorwort 45 Minuten vor Vorstellungsbeginn im Apollosaal
RING-Zyklus III
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Language: In German language with German and English surtitles
Vorwort 45 Minuten vor Vorstellungsbeginn im Apollosaal
FESTTAGE 2023 RING-Zyklus IV For the last time this season
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Language: In German language with German and English surtitles
Vorwort 45 Minuten vor Vorstellungsbeginn im Apollosaal

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