- 17 nov – 9 dec 2018, Main Stage.
- 2 hours and 30 minutes, no interval.
- Evan Rogister
- Stephen Langridge
- Set and costume design
- Alison Chitty
- Lighting design
- Paul Pyant
- Movement instructor
- Annika Lindqvist
- Anders Lorentzson
- Mats Persson
- Tomas Lind
- Brenden Gunnell
- Olafur Sigurdarson
- Daniel Ralphsson
- Henning von Schulman
- Mats Almgren
- Katarina Karnéus
- Carolina Sandgren
- Hege Høisæter
- Mia Karlsson
- Frida Engström
- Ann-Kristin Jones
- The Seven Narrators
- The Golden Child
- Sara Suneson
- Sara Wikström
- Rasmus Hanák
- Herbjörn Thordarson
- The Göteborg Opera Orchestra
Tickets SEK 185–695. 8 performances. Can be included in the following subscriptions: Premiere, Weekday, The Ring Cycle, and as a part of Your Choice.
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 Swedish surtitles.
The premiere will be broadcast live on Swedish National Radio.
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.
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.
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.
Images from the performance
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.
Ring Cycle Subscription
Richard Wagner’s epic Der Ring des Nibelungen is the Mount Everest of the opera world. The story spans three generations and four operas, with a total running time of more than 15 hours. In 2018–2021, the Ring Cycle will be staged in Gothenburg for the first time, with the concluding opera forming an active element in Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary celebrations in 2021.
Guarantee your ticket by buying a Ring Cycle subscription.
The subscription includes:
Das Rheingold (2018), Die Walküre (2019), Siegfried (2020), and Götterdämmerung (2021). Premieres are in November each year.
Price: SEK 3 600
Stalls and Centre Dress Circle
Premiere 17 November 2018
8 performances, runs until 9 December