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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.

Streaming postponed

We are very sorry to inform you that the highly anticipated streaming of Wagner’s opera Siegfried on 18–20 December has been postponed.

Based on the current local pandemic situation and several confirmed cases of Covid-19 among our employees, the Göteborg Opera’s management has decided to further minimise activity in the opera house. Because of this precautionary measure, the final recording of Wagner’s opera Siegfried was canceled. Which means in turn that the highly anticipated streaming of Siegfried has been postponed. 

We hope for your understanding. We are all longing for Siegfried, but the health of our employees must come first. Now, we’ll have to join Brünnhilde in her enchanted sleep and wait for the hero a bit longer. 

We hope to come back soon with information about when Siegfried will be streamed. 

Kind regards,
The Göteborg Opera 

Rehearsals for Siegfried

About the opera

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?

Stephen Langridge, stage director: 

Each of Wagner's operas brings its own challenges and rewards, and each is a completely different journey both in the process of making the production, and in the experience of performance. Of course, there are elements that each has in common with the others – duration is one: I am campaigning for attending the Ring Cycle to be included as one of the Svensk Klassiker alongside other extreme sports like Vansbrosimningen and Vasaloppet.

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.

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