Johanna Meier and Alberto Remedios joined our cast this summer. In October, he completed the final work in the cycle. All four parts have a very similar instrumentation. Our first RING in McCaw Hall–and Greer Grimsley’s first Wotan. This version of the Ring tells the story from the viewpoint of Brünnhilde and has a distinct feminist angle. Brockhaus in Leipzig"--p. 86, 4th series and on back cover. U.S. RISM Libretto Project. (Die Drei Nornen)" and more. Wagner wrote the libretto and music over the course of about twenty-six years, from 1848 to 1874. He chose the title Götterdämmerung instead of Siegfrieds Tod. Explore the 1972/73 Die Walküre Program! This preview of our third RING production featured the first two operas in the cycle, presented in full one year later. Hear Archie Drake sing Gunther–in English! Aug. 5-19, 2017 at McCaw Hall. The rest of what you are going to see is opera, and nothing but opera. Leonie Rysanek’s unforgettable Seattle appearance! These changes resulted in some discrepancies in the cycle, but these do not diminish the value of the work. Hagen, the first chapter in the Theater an der Wien's reimagining of The Ring, features music from Das Rhinegold and Götterdämmerung woven seamlessly together, telling the story from the perspective of Hagen… Three-minute complilation of footage from the final dress rehearsal of 2009’s DAS RHEINGOLD. Trends set at Bayreuth have continued to be influential. This new operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing” features the Bard’s own text – in English – set to Berlioz’s beautiful music. In Norse tradition, Hagen's counterpart Högni is less extreme and the actual slayer of Sigurd (the Norse counterpart to Siegfried) is Gutthorm, a younger brother of Gunnar and Högni. Lepage's staging was dominated by a 90,000 pound (40 tonne) structure which consisted of 24 identical aluminium planks able to rotate independently on a horizontal axis across the stage, providing level, sloping, angled or moving surfaces facing the audience. Hear the voice of Seattle’s original Ur-Mutter. in 1953, characterized by camp humour and sharp wit. It follows the struggles of gods, heroes, and several mythical creatures over the eponymous magic ring that grants domination over the entire world. Early performances were booed but the audience of 1980 gave it a 45-minute ovation in its final year. The scale and scope of the story is epic. The first time the world ended at Seattle Opera! Los Angeles Opera presented its first Ring cycle in 2010 directed by Achim Freyer. Directed by Stephen Wadsworth, set designer Thomas Lynch, costume designer Martin Pakledinaz, lighting designer Peter Kaczorowski; Armin Jordan conducted in 2000, Franz Vote in 2001, and Robert Spano in 2005 and 2009. At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Zuniga, Carmen Hometown: Sydney, Australia Seattle Opera Debut: Daland, The Flying Dutchman (’07) Previously at Seattle Opera: Fafner and Hagen, Der Ring des Nibelungen (’09 and ’13); Daland, The Flying Dutchman (’16); Don Basilio, The Barber of Seville (’17) ; Don Pedro, Beatrice … The Ring proper begins with Die Walküre and ends with Götterdämmerung, with Rheingold as a prelude. Tonal indeterminacy was heightened by the increased freedom with which he used dissonance and chromaticism. In November 1853, Wagner began the composition draft of Das Rheingold. Siegfrieds Tod dealt with the death of Siegfried, the central heroic figure of the Nibelungenlied. [23] Freyer staged an abstract production that was praised by many critics but criticized by some of its own stars. Explore the 1991 Ring Program! The first complete presentation of the imaginative Rochaix/Israel Ring 2. This version of the character appears in Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen (in this version, Hagen drowns trying to steal the Rhinegold). Pagination consists of four main series, one for each of the works in the cycle; division titles on p.1 of each series; list of characters on p. 3 of each series. The 2011/12 season introduced Siegfried and Götterdämmerung with Voigt, Terfel, and Jay Hunter Morris before the entire cycle was given in the Spring of 2012 conducted by Fabio Luisi (who stepped in for Levine due to health issues). By 1980, Seattle’s Ring was a well-known west coast cultural phenomenon. Performers' names not given. The most familiar music from Wagner’s RING! However he came to be dissatisfied with such a format as a means of artistic expression. The works are based loosely on characters from Norse sagas and the Nibelungenlied. DG: 0730439. Explore the 1974/75 Gotterdammerung Program! The first performance as a cycle opened the first Bayreuth Festival in 1876, beginning with Das Rheingold on 13 August and ending with Götterdämmerung on 17 August. Hagen kills Gunther in a quarrel over the ring after Siegfried is murdered. Details of the storylines can be found in the articles on each music drama. Wagner also decided to show onstage the events of Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, which had hitherto only been presented as back-narration in the other two parts. Robert Donington in Wagner's Ring And Its Symbols interprets it in terms of Jungian psychology, as an account of the development of unconscious archetypes in the mind, leading towards individuation. Simon Estes was a strong Hagen, and Ute Vinzing joined our Ring for the first time as Brünnhilde. [24] The production featured a raked stage, flying props, screen projections and special effects. The Old Norse Edda supplied much of the material for Das Rheingold, while Die Walküre was largely based on the Völsunga saga. Hear the voice of Seattle Opera’s resident tenor in the ’70s! A second Ring opera is added to Seattle’s repertory. Explore the program for our Summer 1981 Wagner festival, featuring the Ring and Tristan and Isolde. The show received a well-reviewed 1990 revival in New York at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. – The feeling of utter loneliness in which I now found myself, quite unmanned me... My Tannhäuser had appealed to a handful of intimate friends alone.[7]. Wotan's schemes to regain the ring, spanning generations, drive much of the action in the story. Premiering with Das Rheingold on opening night of the 2010/2011 Season conducted by James Levine with Bryn Terfel as Wotan. 1986 Ring Program. The Ring has been the subject of myriad interpretations. “Ride of the Valkyries” — sung in English! It received its premiere at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus on 17 August 1876, as part of the first complete performance of … They musically denote an action, object, emotion, character, or other subject mentioned in the text or presented onstage. As a significant element in the Ring and his subsequent works, Wagner adopted the use of leitmotifs, which are recurring themes or harmonic progressions. This 2013 remastering on 12 CDs is a major improvement over three previous CD releases, all of which were on 14 CDs: 1990: Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen, WWV 86a-d (1966- 1967) (photo 1) 2006: Der Ring Des Nibelungen (photo 2) 2010: Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (photo 3) The only drawback to the new 12 … He returned to Siegfried, and, remarkably, was able to pick up where he left off. Hear the SIEGFRIED Riddle Scene–in English! At the end of the cycle, Brünnhilde does not die, but instead gives birth to Siegfried's child. The Bayreuth Festival, where the complete cycle is performed most years, is unusual in that a new cycle is almost always created within a single year. Götterdämmerung (German for the Twilight of the Gods), is the last in Richard Wagner's cycle of four music dramas titled Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung, or The Ring for short). [19], In 2003 the first production of the cycle in Russia in modern times was conducted by Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky Opera, Saint Petersburg, designed by George Tsypin. Henry Holt conducted all performances. Asher Fisch Conducts Siegfried’s Funeral March, Two Languages in the ’76 WALKÜRE Death-Announcement Scene, The Road to Valhalla Part 5: Orchestra & Chorus, The Road to Valhalla Part 4: Special Effects, The Road to Valhalla Part 3: Sets and Props, 2009 The Road to Valhalla Part 2 – Costumes, RING in English: Paul Crook as Mime and Raimund Herincx as Wotan, RING in English: Archie Drake as Gunther and James McCray as Siegfried, 2000/01 Das Rheingold, Die Walküre Program, Artist of the Year: GREER GRIMSLEY as Wotan, 2009 RING – Road to Valhalla Part I: Rehearsals and Artists. Wagner unfortunately found that his audiences were not willing to follow where he led them: The public, by their enthusiastic reception of Rienzi and their cooler welcome of the Flying Dutchman, had plainly shown me what I must set before them if I sought to please. In the process, the gods and Valhalla are destroyed. I would love to add a Seattle Opera Ring DVD/Blu-ray set to my collection. A Note on the Characters It is important to note that each of the important characters had possession of the ring at one time, and each refused to return it to its rightful owners. Buy 7 DVD Videos online. Recent performances of this production took place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. in April/May 2016, featuring Catherine Foster and Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde, Daniel Brenna as Siegfried, and Alan Held as Wotan.[22]. A game of musical chairs ensued when several Ring singers switched parts. [20], The Royal Danish Opera performed a complete Ring cycle in May 2006 in its new waterfront home, the Copenhagen Opera House. Ring 3, 2000–2013: the production, which became known as the "Green" Ring, was in part inspired by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Later that year he began writing a libretto entitled Siegfrieds Tod ("Siegfried's Death"). Wagner created the story of the Ring by fusing elements from many German and Scandinavian myths and folk-tales. Die Walküre requires one snare drum, tam-tam, and an on-stage steerhorn. He wrote for a very large orchestra, using the whole range of instruments used singly or in combination to express the great range of emotion and events of the drama. While Fritz Hubner is a little woolly as Fafner, he is excellent as Hagen, though for a truly evil incarnate performance of Hagen I personally would go for Matti … Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), WWV 86, is a cycle of four German-language epic music dramas composed by Richard Wagner.The works are based loosely on characters from Norse sagas and the Nibelungenlied.The composer termed the cycle a "Bühnenfestspiel" (stage festival play), structured … Conductors included Armin Jordan (Die Walküre in 1985), Manuel Rosenthal (1986), and Hermann Michael (1987, 1991, and 1995). [15], Perhaps the most famous modern production was the centennial production of 1976, the Jahrhundertring, directed by Patrice Chéreau and conducted by Pierre Boulez. Hear the voice of Seattle Opera’s founding General Director! The Ring is a major undertaking for any opera company: staging four interlinked operas requires a huge commitment both artistically and financially; hence, in most opera houses, production of a new Ring cycle will happen over a number of years, with one or two operas in the cycle being added each year. Simon Estes was a strong Hagen, and Ute Vinzing joined our Ring for the first time as Brünnhilde. Early productions of the Ring cycle stayed close to Wagner's original Bayreuth staging. The subsequent HD recordings in 2013 won the Met's orchestra and chorus the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording for their performance. Götterdämmerung requires five onstage horns and four onstage steerhorns, one of them to be blown by Hagen. This is his first public announcement of the form of what would become the Ring cycle. The moment when the difference between Speight Jenkins and Glynn Ross became apparent! As Hagen reaches for the ring, the dead Siegfried threateningly raises his arm. In 1990, the City of Birmingham Touring Opera (now Birmingham Opera Company), presented a two-evening adaptation (by Jonathan Dove) for a limited number of solo singers, each doubling several roles, and 18 orchestral players. Lepage's "Machine", as it affectionately became known, underwent major reconfiguration for the revival in order to dampen the creaking that it had produced in the past (to the annoyance of audience members and critics) and to improve its reliability, as it had been known to break down during earlier runs including on the opening night of Reingold. [37], Produced by the Ridiculous Theatrical Company, Charles Ludlam's 1977 play Der Ring Gott Farblonjet was a spoof of Wagner's operas. Feb. 24-Mar. It is often referred to as the Ring cycle, Wagner's Ring, or simply The Ring. His grandson, the mortal Siegfried, wins the ring by slaying Fafner (who slew Fasolt for the ring) – as Wotan intended – but is eventually betrayed and slain as a result of the intrigues of Alberich's son Hagen, who wants the ring for himself. The festival was directed by Wolfgang Wagner and the production was created by the French … [31] This version was subsequently given productions in the USA. Remarkably, he uses a chorus only relatively briefly, in acts 2 and 3 of Götterdämmerung, and then mostly of men with just a few women. [39], For a detailed examination of Wagner's sources for the, Learn how and when to remove this template message, Der Ring des Nibelungen: composition of the text, Der Ring des Nibelungen: composition of the music, List of Bayreuth Festival productions of Der Ring des Nibelungen, John F. 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The four parts that constitute the Ring cycle are, in sequence: Individual works of the sequence are often performed separately,[1] and indeed the operas contain dialogues that mention events in the previous operas, so that a viewer could watch any of them without having watched the previous parts and still understand the plot. In the completed work the gods are destroyed in accordance with the new pessimistic thrust of the cycle, not redeemed as in the more optimistic originally planned ending. "Nibelungen" is occasionally mistaken as a plural, but the Ring of the Nibelungs (in German Der Ring der Nibelungen) is incorrect. The final outing of Ring 2 was a great success, artistically—and financially! In 1871, he decided on a location in the Bavarian town of Bayreuth. The great Viennese soprano’s only Seattle appearance! The production uses imagery from various eras of American history and has a feminist and environmentalist viewpoint. Speight’s story of saving his first-ever RING from disaster. The first and shortest work, Das Rheingold, has no interval and is one continuous piece of music typically lasting around two and a half hours, while the final and longest, Götterdämmerung, takes up to five hours, excluding intervals. Wagner described the Ring itself as a Rune-magic taufr[citation needed] ("tine", or "talisman") intended to rule the feminine multiplicative power by a fearful magical act termed "denial of love" (Liebesverzicht). Hagen's plan is to kill Siegfried on a hunting trip and claim the ring. The project received international recognition. Ring 2, 1985–1995: Directed by Francois Rochaix, with sets and costumes designed by Robert Israel, lighting by Joan Sullivan, and supertitles (the first ever created for the Ring) by Sonya Friedman. Wlaschiha's Alberich is far from disappointing, not as good as the DVD from the Met, but not chopped liver either. [26][27][28], Opera Australia presented the Ring cycle at the State Theatre in Melbourne, Australia, in November 2013, directed by Neil Armfield and conducted by Pietari Inkinen. Edward Sooter made a great addition to our Ring cast at its fifth consecutive summer. [4] Perhaps the most outstanding facet of the monumental work is its sheer length: a full performance of the cycle takes place over four nights at the opera, with a total playing time of about 15 hours, depending on the conductor's pacing. Wagner would spend the next two years attempting to raise capital for the construction, with scant success; King Ludwig finally rescued the project in 1874 by donating the needed funds. The final Götterdämmerung draws from the 12th-century German poem, the Nibelungenlied, which appears to have been the original inspiration for the Ring.[5]. This fluidity avoided the musical equivalent of clearly defined musical paragraphs, and assisted Wagner in building the work's huge structures. Siegfried Jerusalem sings beautifully, if not at his best. The Ring is not about twentieth-century events any more than it is about Norse gods: it is about the levers of power and love that propel every person, in every modern society. Listen to Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen by Nidia Palacios, Petra Schmidt & Kassel State Theatre Orchestra on Apple Music. Puccini’s beloved classic tells the story of a whirlwind affair (and tragic aftermath) between a reckless American naval officer and a trusting Japanese maiden. [17][18], Seattle Opera has created three different productions of the tetralogy: Ring 1, 1975 to 1984: Originally directed by George London, with designs by John Naccarato following the famous illustrations by Arthur Rackham. His Hagen in Götterdämmerung is the epitome of evil and once heard, never forgotten. What would a Wagner related awards ceremony be without a significant prelude? The YouTube video clips of the production look good. A new Siegfried added to the excitement of Seattle Opera’s most ambitious summer program yet. Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen.