The first part of Wagner’s legendary cycle of epic music dramas to be
performed by stellar international artists!
Richard Wagner (1813–1883) drew inspiration for his monumental tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen in Old German myths and Norse sagas, in which gods, demigods and mortals fight each other so as to acquire a magic ring. The first part of the cycle, Das Rheingold, is the shortest of the four music dramas (lasting approximately two hours and 20 minutes). The story begins at the bottom of the Rhine, where three water nymphs, Rhinemaidens, guard sacred gold. Alberich, a Nibelung dwarf, steals the gold and has it recast into a magic ring that gives its owner the power to rule the world. Unsurprisingly, several mythic characters, including Wotan, the ruler of the gods, aspire to take possession of the ring. When, aided by Loge, the demigod of fire, Wotan seizes the ring, Alberich curses it. Subsequently, throughout the tetralogy, the curse afflicts three generations of the gods, who ultimately face perdition in the final part, Götterdämmerung. In musical terms, the entire tetralogy is interlinked by leitmotivs, denoting the characters and their actions. The performance in Prague of Das Rheingold will feature renowned Wagnerian singers – the Latvian bass-baritone Egils Silins (Wotan), the German bass-baritone Thomas Gazheli (Alberich), the Dutch tenor Arnold Bezuyen (Mime), the German bass Christian Hübner (Fasolt) and other foreign artists, as well as soloists of the National Theatre Opera. The part of Loge will be sung by the Slovak-born tenor Štefan Margita, who has portrayed the role to acclaim on numerus occasions. Wagner’s Das Rheingold will be presented in two concerts at the Forum Karlín, as performed by the State Opera Orchestra, conducted by Andreas Sebastian Weiser, the music director of the State Opera.
Musical preparation, conductor: Andreas Sebastian Weiser
Lighting design: Pavel Dautovský
Dramaturgy: Jitka Slavíková