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The Ring of the Nibelung – Twilight of the Gods

Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883)

Informationen Zum Werk

(Götterdämmerung)
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

In German with German and English surtitles

6 hrs 30 mins / 2 intervals

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

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Cast

Production, Set design

Stefan Herheim

Co set design

Silke Bauer

Costume design

Uta Heiseke

Light design

Ulrich Niepel

Dramaturgy

Jörg Königsdorf

Chorus Director

Jeremy Bines

Siegfried

Clay Hilley

Gunther

Thomas Lehman

Alberich

Jordan Shanahan

Hagen

Gidon Saks

Brünnhilde

Nina Stemme

Gutrune

Aile Asszonyi

1st Norn

Beth Taylor

2nd Norn

Karis Tucker

3rd Norn

Elisabeth Teige

Woglinde

Meechot Marrero

Wellgunde

Karis Tucker

Floßhilde

Beth Taylor

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?

With its 13 soloist roles, TWILIGHT OF THE GODS is an acid test for any ensemble tackling Wagner. It is also an opportunity for the Deutsche Oper Berlin to demonstrate its calibre and its ongoing dedication to the Wagner catalogue. To that end celebrity soloists such as Nina Stemme and Gideon Saks are joined by singers of the likes of Markus Brück as Alberich and Thomas Lehmann as Gunther, who, by virtue of their past appearances at the opera house in other roles, have already served notice of their familiarity with Wagner’s musical language.

Our thanks to our partners

Kindly supported by Förderkreis der Deutschen Oper Berlin e. V.

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