With its world-exploring ambition as well as its sheer temporal expanse, THE RING OF THE NIBELUNGEN is the greatest challenge for any production team. At the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Sir Donald Runnicles and Stefan Herheim have now taken on this mission of translating the world of thought of Wagner's tetralogy into the 21st century. True to Schiller's dictum that man is only fully human where he plays, Herheim develops the beginning of the tetralogy from the act of playing. Through the playful execution of the myth, society finds itself and its values, which are, of course, only valid as long as the play lasts and must therefore be found anew again and again. Consequently, the conception of Wagner's myth in GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG ends in the here and now, the focus widens from the development of individual figures to society as a whole.
For their new interpretation of the RING, Stefan Herheim and Sir Donald Runnicles have outstanding singer-actors at their disposal: Alongside Nina Stemme as probably the most distinguished Wagner singer of the present day, the cast includes Clay Hilley as Siegfried, Elisabeth Teige as Sieglinde, Brandon Jovanovich as Siegmund, Thomas Blondelle as Loge, Markus Brück (DAS RHEINGOLD) and Jordan Shanahan as Alberich, Derek Welton (DAS RHEINGOLD) and Iain Paterson as Wotan / Der Wanderer, Annika Schlicht as Fricka, Ya-Chung Huang as Mime, Albert Pesendorfer as Hagen and others.
Winner of many awards, the Norwegian Stefan Herheim is one of the most important directors of the present day: in his works, he always makes clear the historical contexts of ideas and the history of the impact of the respective operas. With General Music Director Sir Donald Runnicles, a proven Wagner expert is on the podium of the Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra, who is now continuing his RING interpretations at the opera houses of Hamburg, Berlin, Vienna, San Francisco, at the BBC Proms in London, at the Edinburgh International Festival and at the MET New York with a new production at his home theatre.
As part of their collaboration, which has already been successful on several occasions, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Naxos as producer will audiovisually record the two cyclical performances of the RING DES NIBELUNGEN in November 2021.
In addition to Deutsche Oper Berlin and Naxos, other production partners include Norwegian Television NRK, the online platform MarqueeTV and Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, which will also broadcast the second cycle live on radio.
After post-production of the recording, the RING DES NIBELUNGEN will be available in Germany on the ARD Mediathek and internationally on MarqueeTV in spring 2022, as well as being broadcast on Norwegian television.
In autumn 2022, Naxos will release the RING cycle in a DVD or Blu-ray box set.
With this major project, Naxos Audiovisual and Deutsche Oper Berlin continue their collaboration, which has so far produced FRANCESCA DA RIMINI, HEART CHAMBER, the opera DAS WUNDER DER HELIANE, which was awarded the prestigious Opus Klassik, and the recording of DER ZWERG, which was nominated for the GRAMMY Award 2021.
A production of Deutsche Oper Berlin and Naxos in cooperation with RBB, with the collaboration of NRK and MarqueeTV.
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