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
Tu, 02.02.2021
RevivalGrosses Haus19:30 - 22:00
All four cycles are bookable as subscriptions from 24.04.2020. Individual performances will go on sale from 1.10.2020, subject to availability.
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.

The Ring Cycles

The Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden presents four Ring cycles during the 2020/21 season: the first three cycles are distributed across the season (between February and June), while the fourth takes place during the 2021 International May Festival. Tickets are initially only available for the complete cycles, but individual performances will go on sale from 1 October 2020, subject to availability.

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Cast

Conductor GMD Patrick Lange
Director Uwe Eric Laufenberg
Stage Designer Gisbert Jäkel
Costume Designer Antje Sternberg
Lighting Designer Andreas Frank
Video Falko Sternberg
Dramaturgy Katja Leclerc
Wotan Derrick Ballard
Donner Benjamin Russell
Froh Aaron Cawley
Loge Thomas Blondelle
Alberich Thomas de Vries
Mime Paul Kaufmann
Fasolt Timo Riihonen
Fafner Young Doo Park
Fricka Margarete Joswig
Freia Betsy Horne
Erda Helena Köhne
Woglinde Anna El-Khashem
Wellgunde Fleuranne Brockway
Floßhilde Silvia Hauer
Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden

Dates

RevivalGrosses Haus19:30 - 22:00
All four cycles are bookable as subscriptions from 24.04.2020. Individual performances will go on sale from 1.10.2020, subject to availability.
Grosses Haus18:00 - 20:30
All four cycles are bookable as subscriptions from 24.04.2020. Individual performances will go on sale from 1.10.2020, subject to availability.
Grosses Haus19:30 - 22:00
All four cycles are bookable as subscriptions from 24.04.2020. Individual performances will go on sale from 1.10.2020, subject to availability.
2021 International May FestivalGrosses Haus19:30 - 22:00
All four cycles are bookable as subscriptions from 24.04.2020. Individual performances will go on sale from 1.10.2020, subject to availability.