Tuesday January 22 - 8.30 pm, Premiere
Thursday January 24 - 6.30 pm
Sunday January 27 - 5.30 pm
Tuesday January 29 - 6.30 pm
Thursday January 31 - 8.30 pm
Prologue to the Tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen, in four scenes
Music by Richard Wagner
A new production of the Teatro Massimo
Conductor Pietari Inkinen
Director Graham Vick
Set and Costume Designs Richard Hudson
Mime Movements Ron Howell
Lighting Designer Giuseppe Di Iorio
Music Assistant Friedrich Suckel
Assistant Director Lorenzo Nencini
Assistant Scene and Costumes Elena Cicorella
165 minutes (no interval)
About the opera
Composed between 1853 and 1854 to a libretto written by the composer himself between 1851 and 1852, Das Rheingold had its première at the National Theatre of Munich on September 22nd 1869. It is in one act with four scenes, and describes Siegfried and Brünnhilde’s background events when the Nibelung Alberich took the gold from the Rhein river, which then fell first into the hands of Wotan and then to those of the giant Fafner.
An internationally renowned cast featuring some of the greatest Wagnerian singers of our time has been assembled for this Teatro Massimo’s highly anticipated new presentation of Der Ring des Nibelungen.
In contrast to most productions, Mr Vick says the Teatro Massimo will offer an actors’ “Ring”, emphasising the characters and the human rather than visual aspects of the drama, and avoiding Germanic stereotypes. “It will be in tune with these austere times. Staging the ‘Ring’ involves enormous expense in terms of rehearsal and we didn’t want to add huge production costs to this,” he explains. The “Ring” is a massive challenge, testing every part of an opera house—human, organisational, financial, musical—and it needs a theatre in good shape.
Mr Vick is confident that the Massimo is that, but notes that big pieces are always an adventure. Given the demand for Wagner specialists next year, fully casting a “Ring” with leading singers, such as Franz Hawlata, Will Hartmann and Ceri Williams, is a considerable achievement.
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