The Rheingold

by Richard Wagner
The eve of the stage festival The Ring of the Nibelung in four pictures
Poetry by the composer
sung in German
When, at the beginning of the Ring des Nibelungen, the floods of the Rhine arise from a single note, it resonates as if the world follows an unshakable and elemental order. But only a few minutes later, Wagner locates in it a momentous fall from grace: the cursing of love and the theft of gold by Alberich. Even above the water, the world is not free of crises: an unaffordable and prestigious building, dubious contracts, business partners in debt and women regarded as equity suitable for seizure – the entire mythical staff with Wotan at the top are caught up in questionable family and business relationships. And each of them becomes even more deeply entangled with every step of the plot and every new musical motif. When Wagner set about composing his Ring tetralogy, he had nothing less in mind than to criticize human socialization. And by daringly recycling old myths, he unfolded a wide-ranging story of the world's creation and fall – to be performed and watched by later generations free of any economic restraints. The question, if these days we can regard ourselves as these people has to be answered still. In any case, the Stuttgart State Opera has once again accepted Wagner's offer to interpret the deep structures of social relationships in a variety of ways. In his production, Stephan Kimmig exposes the colportage-like and clownish features of the hunt for the Ring. In a panic-driven attempt to save their own advantage, the antagonists repeatedly trick and double-cross each other – with flimsy ploys and dizzying twists. A spooky variety show, a nightmare or the real world? And where exactly is the difference? However, the primordial mother Erda’s admonition that the path taken leads to destruction could this time lead to everyone's awakening. Then, despite this beginning, perhaps no end would be necessary.
Location
Opernhaus
First performance
in Munich in 1869

Premiere
November 21, 2021

Nov 2021
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Sun
21
18:00
Opernhaus
9 / 21,50 / 34 / 50 / 67 / 83 / 100 / - / - €
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Wed
24
19:30
Opernhaus
9 / 18 / 27 / 41 / 54 / 67 / 83 / 100 / 116 €
Cast
Musical Direction Cornelius Meister
Direction Stephan Kimmig
Stage Design Katja Haß
Costume Design Anja Rabes
Light Design Gerrit Jurda
Video Design Rebecca Riedel
Choreography Bahar Meriҫ
Dramaturgy Miron Hakenbeck
Wotan Goran Jurić
Donner Paweł Konik
Froh Moritz Kallenberg
Loge Matthias Klink
Alberich Leigh Melrose
Mime Elmar Gilbertsson
Fasolt David Steffens
Fafner Adam Palka
Fricka Rachael Wilson
Freia Esther Dierkes
Erda Stine Marie Fischer
Woglinde Tamara Banješević
Wellgunde Ida Ränzlöv
Floßhilde Aytaj Shikhalizade
Musiker*innen des Staatsorchesters Stuttgart
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Sat
27
19:00
Opernhaus
9 / 19,50 / 30 / 44 / - / 73 / 91 / 109 / 127 €
Dec 2021
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Sun
12
18:00
Opernhaus
8-126 €/H
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Fri
17
19:30
Opernhaus
8-126 €/H
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Sun
19
18:00
Opernhaus
8-139 €/I