Das Rheingold
Richard Wagner
April and May 2013

The beginning of the epic Ring Cycle

«Now we're suffering from the destruction of nature by the avariciousness of power. [...] Wagner foresaw that the laws of nature are not in tune with those of men». In these words Robert Carsen explains his highly-charged production which, however, deliberately shuns grandiloquence.

Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold; Munich, 1869) is the prologue of the Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). In a world where harmony still reigns, the water nymphs watch over their treasure in the depths of the Rhine. But then it is stolen by Alberich the Nibelung, an ugly, lascivious dwarf who knows its secret: whoever can seize the gold and make himself a ring out of it will become master of the world, providing he foregoes love.  Wotan, the king of the gods, counselled by the astute demigod Loge, takes the gold and the ring from Alberich to pay for the palace of Walhalla, which the giants Fasolt and Fafne have built for him. But Alberich utters a terrible curse: the ring will bring misfortune and death to its owners.  The curse immediately takes effect as one giant kills the other to gain sole possession of it. And the gods enter Walhalla.

Prologue of the tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). Libretto and music by Richard Wagner. First performed at the Royal Theatre in Munich on 22 September 1869. First performance at the Gran Teatre del Liceu on 30 March 1910.

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The Ring of the Nibelung cycle at the Liceu.

The Ring of the Nibelung is a cycle of four musical dramas with text and music by Richard Wagner, which has its central theme the possession of a magic ring, forged by the Nibelung Alberich, which grants anyone possessing it the power to rule the world. All of its inhabitants gods, men and Nibelung are overcome by the desire to possess the ring, except for the protagonist: Siegfried, a hero who is free from the gregarious servitude of power and gold. “The Ring of the Nibelung” – preceded by the prelude (Das Rheingold) – is the story of the origin (Die Walküre), the glory (Siegfried) and the defeat (Götterdämmerung) of this hero. This way, Wagner wanted to create a myth like the great myths of Greek civilisation that was not a mere anecdote but a fable on human nature with a universal and timeless value, and he based it on mediaeval epic texts (twelfth-thirteenth centuries) such as theSong of the Nibelung” in order to create a genuinely German mythology.

Robert Carsen, stage director of the cycle, has designed a drama far removed from grandiloquence that invites the spectator to focus on the essence of the work.

Das Rheingold
2012-13 Season

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April 2013
Saturday 20 20:00 C
Monday 22 20:00 A
Tuesday 23 20:00 H
Thursday 25 20:00 B
Friday 26 20:00 E
Sunday 28 17:00 T
Monday 29 20:00 G
May 2013
Thursday (AD) 2 20:00 D


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2 hours and 40 minutes (without pause)

Audio-description service

2 May at 8 pm
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Information session

Forty-five minutes before each performance, an information session about the opera, open to all  members of the audience, will be held in the Foyer. 

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