Opera
Der Ring des Nibelungen

Das Rheingold

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

Gloria Rehm
Photo: Karl und Monika Forster
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.

Ring Cycles

The Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden presents three Ring cycles during the 2023/24 season: the first cycle takes place from the end of January, while the second is scheduled for Easter. The final cycle will take place during the 2024 International May Festival.

Cast

Conductor Michael Güttler
Director Uwe Eric Laufenberg
Revival Director Florian Mahlberg
Stage Designer Gisbert Jäkel
Costume Designer Antje Sternberg
Lighting Designer Andreas Frank
Video Falko Sternberg
Dramaturgy Katja Leclerc

Dates

Revival | Ring CycleGrosses Haus18:00 - 20:30
Available as package booking at the Box Office from 27.4.2023. Bookings for single performances open on 26.9.2023.
Ring CycleGrosses Haus19:30 - 22:00
Available as package booking at the Box Office from 27.4.2023. Bookings for single performances open on 26.9.2023.
International May Festival | Ring CycleGrosses Haus19:30 - 22:00
Available as package booking at the Box Office from 27.4.2023. Bookings for single performances open on 26.9.2023.