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Screening of Das Rheingold

Premiere 24 November 2019, The Small Stage

Screening of Das Rheingold

The one who takes power over the gold gains power over the world.

Prologue to Der Ring des Nibelungen. Music drama in one act by Richard Wagner (1813–1883).

Text by the composer. Sung in German with surtitles in both Swedish and English.

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”Tight, driven and fantastically good”SVT
”Incredibly gripping”SR Cultural News
No downfall is as sweet and sublime as in Wagner’s epic cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. The Ring Cycle spans three generations and four operas: Das Rhinegold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung – with a total playing time of over 15 hours.

The first Ring Cycle ever performed in Gothenburg had its premiere in autumn 2018. One opera in the cycle will be performed each year, with the final opera in the cycle scheduled for 2021. Stephen Langridge directs, with set and costume design by Alison ChittyEnvironmental conservation has long been a priority here at the Göteborg Opera, and the house is regarded as a trailblazer in the arts industry as a result. The Ring Cycle addresses humanity’s assault on nature and the consequent destruction of the planet. What sustainability really means is also a central theme.

We invite you to prepare for this year’s installment Die Walküre (The Valkyries) by watching our screening of the prologue to the Ring Cycle, Das Rhinegold, recorded in 2018. In Das Rheingold, the evil Nibelung Alberich steals gold from the bottom of the Rhine River. He knows that anyone who uses the gold to forge a ring and renounces love will gain power over the world. So begins a downward spiral of hate, exploitation and destruction … but it is also a tale of love, liberation and atonement.

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