Götterdämmerung

Third day of

Der Ring des Nibelungen (1876)

Text und Music by

Richard Wagner

»A gloomy day dawns on the gods« as Erda prophesised to Wotan, father of the gods, in »Das Rheingold«. From then on, he will never be free of the deep worry that plagues him. The epic myth of the »Ring« draws to a close, climaxes in disaster, but leaves open the possibility of starting over. The heroes die and are mourned; the future will have to take place without them.

On the completion of »Götterdämmerung« in autumn 1874, Wagner finished his monumental »Ring« project after more than a quarter of a century. During the first Bayreuth Festival in the summer of 1876, the entire cycle was presented for the first time to an enthralled audience. Wagner had often considered it impossible to realise this mammoth project, as it spanned such a long period of time and several crises. In »Götterdämmerung«, the grand finale, where the loose ends of the narrative are tied and the destinies of the protagonists are fulfilled, Wagner proves his mastery of composition to an unprecedented extent. Almost throughout, different levels of sound and meaning are layered and interlinked with an unparalleled profusion and density. Individual experience is extended to the general: the stories of the gods and humans, the Nibelungs and wild creatures, are exemplary of Wagner’s era – and of our present day. Although the myth reaches its conclusion, it leaves many questions unanswered.

Dates

Ring-Zyklus I
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Language: In German language with German and English surtitles

Cast

Ring-Zyklus II For the last time this season
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Language: In German language with German and English surtitles

Cast