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Das Rheingold

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

”Musically brilliant”Svenska Dagbladet
”Incredibly gripping”SR Cultural News
”Fascinating modern Wagner”Borås Tidning
”The orchestra plays at its peak under Evan Rogister”Dagens Nyheter
”I think you should go to Gothenburg to experience it”SVT (Swedish Television) Cultural News

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.
The premiere will be broadcast live on Swedish National Radio.

Environmental concerns have long been a priority for the Göteborg Opera, and the opera house is therefore regarded as somewhat of a trailblazer in the arts industry. Work on the Ring Cycle sees us taking these efforts to the next level in the hope of being able to make further progress.

Performance programme

Read the performance programme here. The director's word and the synopsis are in English.

Richard Wagner’s epic Der Ring des Nibelungen is the Mount Everest of the opera world. The tetralogy Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung has had a huge influence on musical history and artistic expression as a whole. The narrative spans three generations and four operas, with a total running time of more than 15 hours.

Over the next four seasons we will be staging one part of The Ring Cycle per year, with the final opera to be performed in 2021. Stephen Langridge — our Artistic Director for Opera/Drama —will direct this, Gothenburg’s first ever Ring Cycle.

Anders Lorentzson (Wotan), Katarina Karnéus (Fricka)

The cycle begins with Das Rheingold, which presents a disruption to the laws of nature. The evil Alberich steals gold from the bottom of the Rhine, where it is guarded by three Rhine maidens. He knows that anyone who uses the gold to forge a ring and renounces love will gain power over the world. Thus begins a downward spiral of murder, abuse of power, industrialism and environmental destruction. But it is also a tale of love, liberation and atonement.

Anders Lorentzson performs the monumental role of Wotan, the King of the Gods, and Katarina Karnéus his wife Fricka. Both are members of the Göteborg Opera ensemble. The whole Ring Cycle will be conducted by Evan Rogister, who made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in autumn 2017 and who last visited us for the double-bill Bluebeard’s Castle & Erwartung.

Listen to ”Pure gold?” A panel discussion about Das Rheingold.

Participants: Anders Lorentzson (Wotan), Katarina Karnéus (Fricka), Hege Høisaeter (Erda), Stephen Langridge (direction), Allison Chitty (set design), Evan Rogister (conductor), Natalja Koniouchenkova (environmental project co-ordinator). Panel chair: Göran Gademan (dramaturge). Musical interludes with Martin Andersson accompanying at the piano.

The discussion is in English, and was recorded 6 November 2018.

Introduction to Das Rheingold, 1 hour prior to every performance (except the premiere) Small Stage

Take the opportunity to learn more about the performance and get a more in-depth insight into the story and the background. On the Small Stage one hour prior to every performance (except premieres) we give an introduction to the opera. It does not cost anything extra, your ticket is valid for entry. The introduction takes about 20 minutes and is presented in Swedish.


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