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The Ring of the Nibelung:
The Ring of the Nibelung

Since the founding of the Deutsche Oper Berlin over a century ago, the opera house has been inseparably linked to THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG. New productions of the work were always responses to the question as to the relevance of Wagner’s cycle to the youth of a given decade. 35 years after Götz Friedrich’s legendary version it is now time for a new edition of the RING. The following pages provide a glimpse of what is spurring on the people involved in our new production of the RING. We also present the key facts relating to the run, to enable you to start planning your RING evening.


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THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG

Dates
Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach and Jörg Königsdorf
Twilight of the Gods: An introduction
A band of people on the run pause and try to get a grip on what is happening to them. Thus begins Stefan Herheim’s version of the RING OF THE NIBELUNG, the final part of the tetralogy, which winds up the story in the here and now. A game ensues that is fated to end in a form of apocalypse, so that the world can begin again from zero. Dramaturgs Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach and Jörg Königsdorf give an overview of the central themes and motifs.

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Twilight of the Gods

The New Beginning of the End
THE RHINEGOLD is set in a mythical, distant past, populated not by humans, but gods and dwarves. What does this pre-historic past mean to us? ... Questions to the director about the RING

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The Rhinegold

Richard Wagner – Premiere on 12 June 2021
The Rhinegold
Conductor: Sir Donald Runnicles; Director: Stefan Herheim; With Derek Welton, Joel Allison, Attilio Glaser, Thomas Blondelle, Markus Brück, Ya-Chung Huang, Andrew Harris, Tobias Kehrer, Annika Schlicht, Judit Kutasi et al.

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Richard Wagner – Premiere on 27 September 2020
The Valkyrie
Conductor: Sir Donald Runnicles; Director: Stefan Herheim; With Brandon Jovanovich, Tobias Kehrer, Iain Paterson / John Lundgren, Elisabeth Teige, Annika Schlicht, Nina Stemme et al.

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Wand’rers and other refugees
We searchers on an endless quest! The RING tells the eternal tale of the waxing and waning of our ideas and world views. The message is as relevant today as it was 150 years ago: the game may be finished, but it’s never over.
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Richard Wagner – Premiere on 12 November 2021
Siegfried
Conductor: Sir Donald Runnicles; Director: Stefan Herheim; With Clay Hilley, Ya-Chung Huang, Iain Paterson, Jordan Shanahan, Tobias Kehrer, Judit Kutasi, Nina Stemme u. a.

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Richard Wagner – Premiere on 17 October 2021
Twilight of the Gods
Conductor: Sir Donald Runnicles; Director: Stefan Herheim; With Clay Hilley, Thomas Lehman, Jürgen Linn / Jordan Shanahan, Gidon Saks, Nina Stemme, Aile Asszonyi, Okka van der Damerau

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Annika Schlicht: A place of serenity for my soul … The museum
Mezzo-soprano Annika Schlicht sings Fricka in Wagner’s THE RHINEGOLD. To get into her roles, she looks to classical art for inspiration – and finds characters that exude timeless truths

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The Rhinegold

In TWILIGHT OF THE GODS from 17. October
Gidon Saks – A place of serenity for my soul
Bass-baritone Gidon Saks sings Hagen in Wagner’s TWILIGHT OF THE GODS. On the banks of the Thames he reflects on the heroes of the Nibelung myth

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Twilight of the Gods

Clay Hilley: A place of serenity for my soul … my suitcase
Tenor Clay Hilley sings the title role in Wagner’s SIEGFRIED. Here he describes his transient life – and how he can feel at home wherever he hangs his hat.

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Siegfried

Moving in good circles
Great ideas need great supporters. And great stories contain eternity at their core – the end of the final chapter heralds a brand-new saga. So it was only natural that the first meeting of the friends and supporters of the new RING production should take place in the wings of the last performance of Götz Friedrich’s version of the RING. The new production of the RING would not have been possible without the Society of Friends and Patrons and one very special circle of supporters.
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