08/09/2020 4:00 PM (CEST) Stream has expired Der Ring des Nibelungen: Die Walküre (Marek Janowski, Frank Castorf) See Our Upcoming Concerts 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 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.