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Schedule - Deutsche Oper Berlin

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Der Ring des Nibelungen – Götterdämmerung

Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883)

Information on the piece

The third day - A scenic festival in three days and an eve
First performed on 17th August, 1876 in Bayreuth
Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 17th October, 2021

6 hrs 15 mins / 2 intervals

In German with German and English surtitles

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance

recommended from the age of 16
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Program / Informations
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With the support of the Förderkreis der Deutschen Oper Berlin e. V.

About the performance

The final part of the tetralogy sees another broadening of the horizon. Siegfried sallies forth »to new glories«, encountering people driven by a desire for power and riches and without scruple in their determination to acquire them. Without Brünnhilde on hand to help him, the hero succumbs to a conspiracy at the Gibichung hall, also triggering the beginning of the end of the old world, which is still beset by the curse placed by Alberich in THE RHINEGOLD on the ring, which confers great power on its wearer. With Brünnhilde realising what has happened, she sees self-sacrifice as the only path to redemption: by eradicating herself through immolation and returning the stolen gold to the Rhine, she will be clearing the way for a new beginning for all. From Brünnhilde’s ashes Wagner rekindles the love theme, which until then has only been played in Act 3 of THE VALKYRIE. This charges the final moments of TWILIGHT OF THE GODS with an atmosphere of hope rather than simply the gloom of destruction. The game can begin again; will it take a different course next time?

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