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Das Rheingold on the parking deck

Jonathan Dove (*1959) / Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883)

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Semi-staged, musically slightly shortened version on the parking deck of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
With 22 musicians and 12 singers

Musical version by Jonathan Dove and Graham Vick for the Birmingham Opera Company
Orchestration by Jonathan Dove

Premiere at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 12 June 2020

In German without surtitles

1 hour 50 mins / No interval

About the performance

Celebrated by the British press as a "wonder" and a "masterpiece of replication", British composer Jonathan Dove composed the work titled The Ring Saga in 1990 on the basis of DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN. Created with the goal of making Wagner's tetralogy performable at smaller venues and festivals, this version – ten hours in length and with an orchestra of 18 musicians – has since taken the world by storm.

The coronavirus-induced postponement of the premiere of RHEINGOLD, newly staged by Stefan Herheim, gives the Deutsche Oper Berlin the opportunity to present the first part of Dove's adaptation in a semi-staged setup. With its 90-minute duration, Dove's adaptation of RHEINGOLD is an impressively dramatic concentration, the chamber music reduction of which still retains the vividness and clarity of Wagner's score.

Jonathan Dove was born in 1959, and is one of the most successful British composers of his generation. In addition to choir, instrumental and orchestral works, he has composed over 20 operas, including the airport opera FLIGHT and the children's opera PINOCCHIO.

Neil Barry Moss was born in South Africa, and gave his opera directing debut in Pesaro in 2015, with LE NOZZE DI FIGARO. Since 2016 he has worked as a stage director at the Staatsoper Hannover, and in 2019 relocated to the Deutsche Oper Berlin where he holds the same position.


While adhering to the current distance and hygiene regulations, we would like to take the first step toward resuming the performance schedule. The outdoor venue will be the parking deck of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, which has already been successfully used for a stage production of Iannis Xenakis' ORESTEIA in 2014.

Due to the relaxations of anti-coronavirus measures announced by the Senate of Berlin, it is now possible to hold an open-air performance. It will be played without intermissions, and the audience is quite limited due to the distance requirements.

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