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Wagner: Rheingold

Summary

Opera in concert version
  • Lundi 29 mai 2023
  • Royal Opera
  • 3pm | 2h30 without intermission
Accueil Wagner: Rheingold 2023

Cast

Peter Schöne Wotan

Stefan Röttig Donner

Angelos Samartzis Froh

Algirdas Drevinskas Loge

Judith Braun Fricka

Elizabeth Wiles Freia

Melissa Zgouridi Erda

Werner van Mechelen Alberich

Paul McNamara Mime

Markus Jaursch Fasolt

Hiroshi Matsui Fafner

Bettina Maria Bauer Woglinde

Valda Wilson Wellgunde

Carmen Seibel Flosshilde

Saarland National Theatre Orchestra

Sébastien Rouland Conductor

 

Presentation

Wagner’s Ring in Versailles, King Ludwig II of Bavaria’s dream

 

For any opera house, Richard Wagner’s Ring – the Ring of the Nibelung – is one of the high points of opera. Composed between 1853 and 1874, this cycle is a myth, constructed as a “stage festival” with a Prologue: Rheingold, and three days: Valkyrie, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung. The Tetralogy was created for the opening of the Bayreuth Festspielhaus in 1876.

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King Ludwig II of Bavaria’s absolute passion for Versailles and for Wagner creates a unique link between this Ring and the most beautiful Palace in the world…

 

To celebrate its two hundred and fiftieth anniversary, and the forthcoming hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Ring, the Royal Opera of Versailles has asked the Saarland National Theatre of Saarbrücken, which will be staging each of the four Ring operas over the next four years, to come to Versailles to present them in a concert version: the singers will perform their roles without a score, and the orchestra and chorus will also be on stage.

 

Since its creation in 1786, the Saarland National Theatre has become one of the most renowned theatres, ballet and opera houses in Germany, with seven hundred performances and 200,000 spectators each season. Its National Orchestra, founded in 1912, has been led by great permanent conductors, especially in recent decades, such as Jiří Kout, Christof Perick and Jun Märkl, and Frenchman Sébastien Rouland has been the incumbent since 2018. He will be conduct the entire Ring.

 

It is a tradition for every German opera house to regularly stage a production of the Ring. The singers of the permanent troupe, for whom it is a core part of the repertoire, are supplemented by guest soloists who perform the major roles in all German-language operas. It is therefore a project rooted in one hundred and fifty years of practice that the Saarbrücken Opera will present in Versailles over four years.

 

For this special event, Ring ticket holders will enjoy an exceptional tour of the Grand Apartments of the Palace before the performance, including the Hall of Mirrors and the King’s Chamber, so dear to Ludwig II of Bavaria. A cocktail reception, also open to Doge ticket holders, will be held before and after the performance and will conclude with an exceptional experience. The promise of an unforgettable summer day at the Château de Versailles.

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Programme

Prologue to Richard Wagner’s one-act Ring of the Nibelung, premiered in Munich in 1869.

The Royal Opera of the Château de Versailles

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