09.08.2020 16:00

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Der Ring des Nibelungen: Die Walküre (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 Christopher Ventris (Siegmund), Georg Zeppenfeld (Hunding), John Lundgren (Wotan), Heidi Melton (Sieglinde) and Catherine Foster (Brünnhilde).

+ Artist commentary by Marek Janowski.

Richard Wagner: Die Walküre

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

Siegmund: Christopher Ventris
Hunding: Georg Zeppenfeld
Wotan: John Lundgren
Sieglinde: Heidi Melton
Brünnhilde: Catherine Foster
Fricka: Sarah Connolly
Gerhilde: Caroline Wenborne
Ortlinde: Dara Hobbs
Waltraute: Stephanie Houtzeel
Schwertleite: Nadine Weissmann
Helmwige: Christiane Kohl
Siegrune: Mareike Morr
Grimgerde: Wiebke Lehmkuhl
Roßweiße: Alexandra Petersamer

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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.