Opera
The Ring of the Nibelung: The Eve

Das Rheingold

The Rhinegold
Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883)
Sung in German, with surtitles
Libretto: by the composer
First performance: 1869 in Munich

Gloria Rehm
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Gerd Grochowski
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Ensemble, Jugendchor des Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden
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Margarete Joswig
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Betsy Horne, Aaron Cawley, Albert Pesendorfer, Jugendchor des Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden
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Gloria Rehm, Marta Wryk, Thomas de Vries
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Margarete Joswig, Gerd Grochowski
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Albert Pesendorfer, Young Doo Park
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Margarete Joswig, Benjamin Russell, Jugendchor des Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden
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Thomas de Vries
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Betsy Horne
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Margarete Joswig
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Erik Biegel, Thomas de Vries
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Albert Pesendorfer, Betsy Horne, Young Doo Park
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Gerd Grochowski
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Marta Wryk, Katharina Konradi, Silvia Hauer
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Thomas Blondelle, Ensemble, Jugendchor des Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden
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Thomas de Vries, Gerd Grochowski
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Thomas Blondelle
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Accompanied by a slowly swelling E major chord, a mythical cosmos rises from the depths of the Rhine in the Prelude to “Das Rheingold”, carrying with it the entire world of gods, humans and dwarves. Wagner lays the foundations of deception and violence from the very beginning of his Nibelungen saga: Alberich, an underworld dweller, robs the Rhine maidens of their gold and forges it into a ring around which an ominous and epic power struggle is set to unravel. He curses the ring to henceforth only bring potential world domination to those willing to renounce love at the price of possessing its power.

In 1896, George Bernard Shaw shrewdly referred to the cycle as a “present-day drama”, one which may as well have been written under the influence of imperial power struggles and industrial advancement after the second half of the 19th century. To date, the political and socio-critical content of the work has not lost its relevance. The triumphant rising of the gods, culminating in the construction of Valhalla, only forebodes their very demise. “The injustices which they pursue cling to them instead”, Wagner wrote in his prose draft to the drama.

Cast

Conductor Alexander Joel
Director Uwe Eric Laufenberg
Stage Designer Gisbert Jäkel
Costume Designer Antje Sternberg
Lighting Designer Andreas Frank
Video Falko Sternberg
Youth Chorus Dagmar Howe
Dramaturgy Katja Leclerc

Dates

New ProductionGrosses Haus19:30 - 22:00
2017 International May Festival | New ProductionGrosses Haus19:30 - 22:00
2017 International May Festival | New ProductionGrosses Haus19:30 - 22:00