Jesper Waldersten’s image series for Der Ring des Nibelungen

Jesper Waldersten’s image series for Der Ring des Nibelungen

Series of five original works by Jesper Waldersten.

”Expectation. Everything is expectation. The paintings promise the entire universe, challenging Wagner. Seeing if he can handle the pressure, live up to himself. Once again.”Jesper Waldersten
Richard Wagner’s mammoth epic Der Ring des Nibelungen, also known as The Ring Cycle, portrayed in five original works. The artist Jesper Waldersten’s series of images for the Göteborg Opera’s production captures the dark intensity and beauty of the music, and was awarded gold in the 2018 Swedish Design Prize.


The minimalistic yet detailed paintings encapsulate the entire world of Der Ring des Nibelungen, distilled down to a single common theme. The Ring. The symbol is reflected in the growth rings of the tree of life, sound waves, the ripples on the surface of the Rhine, the black hole that draws you back in time through Wagner’s music.

If you look more closely, you may discover the three Rhinemaidens, the one-eyed Wotan, Siegfried’s bird companion, the slumbering Brünnhilde surrounded by fire, the dragon that the hero kills and the new world that emerges from the wreckage of Götterdämmerung.

Exhibition in the foyer
17 November – 9 Dec

Jesper Waldersten’s award-winning image series for ”Der Ring des Nibelungen” consists of five pieces: one for each opera in the cycle and one to connect the entire Ring Cycle. During the performance run of Das Rheingold the original artworks will be hanging in our foyer for you to view.

Jesper discusses the project

Jesper Waldersten is one of Sweden’s most renowned artists, with a huge number of exhibitions to his name. In 2018, his illustrations for the new edition of Astrid Lindgren’s The Brothers Lionheart (Bröderna Lejonhjärta) received much attention.

Jesper describes the image for “Das Rheingold”

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