Opera
Der Ring des Nibelungen

Die Walküre

The Valkyrie
Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883)
Sung in German, with surtitles
Libretto: by the composer
Premiere: 1870 in Munich
We, 03.02.2021
RevivalGrosses Haus17:00 - 22:30
All four cycles are bookable as subscriptions from 24.04.2020. Individual performances will go on sale from 1.10.2020, subject to availability.
Photo: Karl und Monika Forster
Photo: Karl und Monika Forster
Photo: Karl und Monika Forster
Photo: Karl und Monika Forster
Photo: Karl und Monika Forster
Photo: Karl und Monika Forster
Photo: Karl und Monika Forster
Photo: Karl und Monika Forster
Photo: Karl und Monika Forster
Photo: Karl und Monika Forster
Photo: Karl und Monika Forster
Photo: Karl und Monika Forster
Photo: Karl und Monika Forster
Photo: Karl und Monika Forster

“I have been caught in my own trap. I am the least free of all men!”
Wotan’s desperate outcry shows the change in his position since “Das Rheingold”: powerless instead of powerful, gridlocked instead of free, a slave to his own treaties. His unlawful seizure of the great world-dominating ring has only given more power to Alberich and effectively crippled the ruler of the gods. All hopes of world domination now rests on the shoulders of a free-spirited joker-turned-hero, someone quite unaffected by the powerful grip of the gods. In turn, Siegmund and Sieglinde’s free love is to reawaken a counterforce which will revive and invigorate the threatened world. But Fricka, Wotan’s wife and the guardian of wedlock, exposes Wotan’s self-deception: as Wotan’s flesh and blood, Siegmund must be sacrificed to serve his proper purpose in the struggle for power. Forced to act against his own interests, Wotan sends his Valkyries to destroy Siegmund. Brünnhilde rebels against her father’s wrongdoings; her insubordination brings a crucial turnaround. The punishment which Wotan unleashes on his daughter is dreadful, yet it sows the seeds for the salvation of his goal and – eventually – his own downfall. Brünnhilde’s punishment becomes an act of emancipation: the stripping of her Valkyrie status to become a mortal woman, held in a magic sleep on the mountain, encircled by a protective ring of fire – these elements set the scene for the long-awaited arrival of a true free-born hero, who is now to save the world. His name is Siegfried.

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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GASTRONOMY
SUBSCRIPTIONS
FLYER (in German)

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 Regine Palmai
Siegmund Aaron Cawley
Hunding Young Doo Park
Wotan Derrick Ballard
Sieglinde Betsy Horne
Brünnhilde Catherine Foster
Fricka Margarete Joswig
Helmwige Michelle Ryan
Gerhilde Sharon Kempton
Ortlinde Britta Stallmeister
Waltraute Anne Schuldt
Siegrune Hyemi Jung
Rossweiße Fleuranne Brockway
Grimgerde Anna Krawczuk
Schwertleite Helena Köhne
Statisterie des Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden, Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden

Dates

RevivalGrosses Haus17:00 - 22:30
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 Haus17:00 - 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 Haus17:00 - 22:30
All four cycles are bookable as subscriptions from 24.04.2020. Individual performances will go on sale from 1.10.2020, subject to availability.
2021 International May FestivalGrosses Haus17:00 - 22:30
All four cycles are bookable as subscriptions from 24.04.2020. Individual performances will go on sale from 1.10.2020, subject to availability.