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Sunday 02. Dec. 2018, 4.00 pm - 9.00 pm | Großes Haus

Richard Wagner


Day Three / “Der Ring des Nibelungen” | Introduction at 3.20 pm

The state of the world as a whole occupied Richard Wagner when he decided to expand his opera “Siegfrieds Tod”, which was later to become “Die Götterdämmerung”, thereby turning “Der Ring des Nibelungen” into a tetralogy. It was to be a myth of beginning and ending, an attempt to explain the world, but above all, a fascinating drama.

Is there hope for the gods after Wotan has become ensnared in his own laws, after his bid for power has tipped the world into complete chaos, rife with greed for power and crime? The first text version of “Die Götterdämmerung”, which Wagner wrote as early as 1848 under the title “Siegfried’s Tod”, originally ended with Brünnhilde’s exclamation “Nur einer herrsche, Allvater! Herrlicher! Du!” (“Only one shall rule, father! Glorious father! You!“). In the final version, Wotan’s daughter brings about the annihilation of the gods by flinging a burning log into the Walhalla castle, thereby ending their reign. Later in life, Wagner became convinced that the final part of the “Ring” tetralogy should have been called “Göttergericht” (The Judgment of the Gods), in order to offer the possibility of a new beginning and a clean slate after a grand judgment on past injustice. In fact, however, only one lonely woman remains, trying to regain her self-respect by confessing her love. Like everything else, she is swept away by the floods of enormous orchestral sound. The myth which Wagner had conceived as a model to explain the ways of the world changes form, and thus must be explored anew, time and again.

Director: Claus Guth
Sets and Costumes: Christian Schmidt
Lighting: Michael Bauer
Dramaturgy: Hella Bartnig

Premiere: 17.10.2010

Two Breaks of 30 minutes after the first and the second act

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In German with German surtitles
The Zeit Foundation Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius and the Foundation for the Support of the Hamburg State Opera are main supporters of the production.

Venue: Großes Haus, Dammtorstraße 28, 20354 Hamburg
Prices: 7,00 EUR to 119,00 EUR

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