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08.08.2020 18:00 (CEST)

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Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold (Marek Janowski, Frank Castorf)

Frank Castorf’s staging of the Ring, premiered in 2013 and filmed in 2016, provoked controversy right from the beginning. For Castorf, the Rheingold of our days is oil; thus he places the first part of the tetralogy at a gas station on Route 66. Die Walküre is situated in Baku, Azerbaijan, which was seized by the Bolsheviks in 1920 for its oil, whereas Siegfried takes place in a socialist equivalent of Mount Rushmore and at Berlin’s Alexanderplatz. Götterdämmerung is set somewhere in the GDR, ending up at New York’s stock exchange. Whilst Castorf’s staging polarized, Marek Janowski’s musical reading was unanimously praised, as was the excellent cast including in this opera Iain Paterson (Wotan), Nadine Weissmann (Erda), Albert Dohmen (Alberich) and Roberto Saccà (Loge).

+ Artist commentary by Marek Janowski.

Richard Wagner: Das Rheingold

Music Director: Marek Janowski
Stage Director: Frank Castorf
Stage Design: Aleksandar Denić
Costumes: Adriana Braga Peretzki
Lighting: Rainer Casper
Video: Andreas Deinert, Jens Crull

Wotan: Iain Paterson
Donner: Markus Eiche
Froh: Tansel Akzeybek
Loge: Roberto Saccà
Fricka: Sarah Connolly
Freia: Caroline Wenborne
Erda: Nadine Weissmann
Alberich: Albert Dohmen
Mime: Andreas Conrad
Fasolt: Günther Groissböck
Fafner: Karl-Heinz Lehner
Woglinde: Alexandra Steiner
Wellgunde: Stephanie Houtzeel
Floßhilde: Wiebke Lehmkuhl

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Together with the festival management, the Friends of Bayreuth have set up an emergency fund for artists of the Bayreuth Festival. Artists and performers who are in need as a result of the Corona pandemic are to be supported by this fund. Income generated from the sale of these DG Stage-Bayreuth Festival tickets will also benefit this fund.