Der Ring des Nibelungen – Götterdämmerung
Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883)
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
recommended from the age of 16
6 Stunden 30 Minuten / Zwei Pausen
In deutscher Sprache mit deutschen und englischen Übertiteln
Mit Unterstützung des Förderkreises der Deutschen Oper Berlin e. V. Die Aufzeichnung entsteht als Produktion der Deutschen Oper Berlin und Naxos in Zusammenarbeit mit dem RBB, unter Mitwirkung von NRK und MarqueeTV.
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?
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.