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Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold (Pierre Boulez, Patrice Chéreau)

In 1976 French director Patrice Chéreau’s centenary staging of Wagner’s Ring-Cycle unleashed the greatest scandal in Bayreuth Festival history but, by the end of its last performance in 1980, this epoch-making production was acclaimed with an hour and a half of thunderous applause.

In Das Rheingold, Wotan wears the brocade coat of feudal times while the Rhine seems to be a reservoir with a modern power station, whereas Die Walküre gets a radical re-imaging unprecedented in its psychological penetration. Siegfried was described by Chéreau as “a hero (that) has been created who would actually have had all the attributes of freedom, but nobody remembered to tell him…”. And the closing Götterdämmerung for the director “presents a world in which no values exist any more. The only refuge is in the past”.

Pierre Boulez’ conducting and the excellent cast with Donald McIntyre (Wotan), Heinz Zednik (Loge), Hermann Becht (Alberich), Hanna Schwarz (Fricke)
Siegfried Jerusalem (Froh), Matti Salminen (Fasolt), Ortrun Wenkel (Erda) and many others also contributed to the legendary status of this production with their musical and dramatic interpretations and performances.

Enjoy the full Ring Cycle on DG Stage:

Richard Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen – Preliminary Evening:
Das Rheingold
Music Director: Pierre Boulez
Stage Director: Patrice Chéreau
Set Design: Richard Peduzzi
Costumes: Jacques Schmidt
Lighting: Manfred Voss
Video Director: Brian Large

Wotan: Donald McIntyre
Donner: Martin Egel
Froh: Siegfried Jerusalem
Loge: Heinz Zednik
Fricka: Hanna Schwarz
Freia: Carmen Reppel
Erda: Ortrun Wenkel
Alberich: Hermann Becht
Mime: Helmut Pampuch
Fasolt: Matti Salminen
Fafner: Fritz Hübner
Woglinde: Norma Sharp
Wellgunde: Ilse Gramatzki
Floßhilde: Marga Schiml

Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele


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.