Opera
The Ring of the Nibelung: Third Day

Götterdämmerung

Twilight of the Gods
Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883)
Sung in German, with surtitles
Libretto: by the composer
First performance: 1876 in Bayreuth
Sa, 21.10.2017
RevivalGrosses Haus17:00 - 22:30
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Nele Schmitt
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster

The threads of fate have been severed. The human-born, God-sent hero bearing the precious Ring of the Nibelung dies in the forest near Gibichung Hall. It is treacherous murder. The funeral march which Wagner composed for him seems to suspend the breath of the entire world – a requiem amongst the leitmotifs. Not even Siegfried’s super-human power (the fearless and “noblest hero in the world”) or the strengthening force of Brünnhilde’s love (ever stronger now that she is human) can prevent the tragedy.

The world has come apart at the seams; greed, deception, fear and despair are its rulers. Alberich’s curse has come true and Erda’s warning turned into reality. With Wotan’s speer in tatters, the gods are helplessly left at Alberich’s mercy, while disrespect and theft strip nature of her regulatory powers. The “Ring World” is no more, and there remains no resolution to the godfather’s conflict between utopia and reality.

Wagner drowns all history in a sea of sound – a purifying world fire of sorts. But the utopia will endure nonetheless. As a young Kapellmeister, Wagner himself stood fearlessly on the Revolution barricades in burning Dresden, hand grenades by his side. He depicts Wotan at the end of his life as a tragic figure, incapable of survival. But these contradictions must be endured – before, as it is now, and in the future.

Cast

Conductor Alexander Joel
Director Uwe Eric Laufenberg
Stage Designer Gisbert Jäkel
Costume Designer Antje Sternberg
Lighting Designer Andreas Frank
Video Falko Sternberg
Chorus Master Albert Horne
Dramaturgy Regine Palmai
Siegfried Lance Ryan
Andreas Schager
Gunther Johannes Martin Kränzle
Matias Tosi
Alberich Thomas de Vries
Hagen Albert Pesendorfer
Brünnhilde Catherine Foster
Gutrune Betsy Horne
Waltraute / First Norn Margarete Joswig
Second Norn Silvia Hauer
Third Norn Betsy Horne
Woglinde Katharina Konradi
Wellgunde Marta Wryk
Flosshilde Silvia Hauer
Chor, Extrachor & Statisterie des Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden, Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden

Dates

RevivalGrosses Haus17:00 - 22:30
RevivalGrosses Haus17:00 - 22:30
2018 International May Festival | RevivalGrosses Haus17:00 - 22:30