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Der Ring des Nibelungen 2018–2021
Musical drama in three acts by Richard Wagner (1813–1883). Libretto by the composer.
Performed in German, with Swedish and English titles.
Everyone wants to grab the gold that gives the power to rule the world. But only a person who doesn’t know fear is destined to win it.
In part three of the Ring Cycle, a member of the new generation enters the plot: Siegfried, an orphaned and fearless youth who was raised from birth by the Nibelung dwarf Mime. Siegfried succeeds in repairing a broken, enchanted sword that belonged to his late father, and then embarks on a quest to learn the meaning of fear. Two murders and a helpful woodbird later, he reaches the rock where the Valkyrie Brünnhilde lies deep in slumber. Is she ready to wake up to her new life, among people instead of gods?
With Siegfried, we’ve left behind the world of the gods for the world of humans. This world is also populated by Nibelungs and a rather sluggish dragon. An older generation of characters exists in the shadows: the earth goddess Erda, a seeress who fears her own visions, and Wotan, the ruler of the gods (disguised as the Wanderer), who has become a broken figure who longs for his own and the world’s destruction.
Richard Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle is the Mount Everest of opera. The musical dramas Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung have changed the entire course of music history and artistic expression as we know it. Over four performance seasons, The Göteborg Opera will give one part of the Ring Cycle per year, with the grand finale in 2021. The four operas are conducted by Evan Rogister, Principal Conductor of Washington National Opera. The director is Stephen Langridge, The Göteborg Opera’s artistic director for Opera/Drama from 2013 to 2019. He highlights the sustainability aspect of the Ring’s plot, choosing to emphasise how violating the laws of nature leads to the world’s destruction. The title role is sung by American tenor Daniel Brenna, and the role has figured strongly in his stellar international career.
Premiere 29 November 2020
8 performances, runs until 16 January 2021.
Panel discussion prior to the premiere of Siegfried
18 November, 7.00pm
The Small Stage
About one week before premieres we hold free panel discussions. At these discussions the artistic team and soloists talk about their work. Sometimes an expert guest is invited to give a special perspective on the production. It could be a language professor, an architect, an art historian or perhaps a singer who has previously played the role.
These discussions take place on the Small Stage a week or two before the premiere. The chair for the opera panels is The Göteborg Opera's dramaturgist, Göran Gademan.
Free admission. Some talks are held in English.
Most panel discussions are recorded for streaming on opera.se/podd and Soundcloud.
One hour prior to each opera on the Main Stage, we present an introduction to the evening’s performance. They last around 20 minutes and are held on the Göteborg Opera Small Stage. Admission is free, limited seating.
Please note: introductions are presented in Swedish, and there is no introduction at the premiere performance.
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