"Das Rheingold" Paperweight
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Das Rheingold Paperweight
The Metropolitan Opera has collaborated with Caithness Glass to create a limited edition collection of four exquisite glass paperweights - one for each opera in the Met’s critically acclaimed production of Richard Wagner’s epic Ring cycle.
Infused with a burst of dark green color, our Das Rheingold paperweight is inspired by the innovative sets and digital imagery used to create the blue-green underwater world of the Rhine where Rhinemaidens guard the Rhinegold.
Each paperweight is a unique work of art, designed and individually handcrafted in Scotland by skilled artisans to the highest possible standards.
Every piece bears the opera title etched on the bottom. Approximately 3” diameter. Avoid direct sunlight. Caithness Glass gift box included.
A Met Opera Shop Exclusive
- Dark green
- Diameter: approx. 3” wide
- Avoid direct sunlight
- Caithness Glass gift box included
- One in a collection of 4 paperweights. Each sold separately.
- Handcrafted in Scotland
Das Rheingold (The Rhinegold), composed between 1851-1854, is Richard Wagner’s initial installment of the Ring Cycle. It is the first of four operas in the series followed by Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), Siegfried and Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods).
Conceived by Wagner as a prologue to his monumental Der Ring des Nibelungen, Das Rheingold sets forth the dramatic and theoretical issues that play out in the three subsequent music dramas. Thrilling musical and dramatic coups punctuate the confrontations and dialogue. The entire work has a magnificent sweep, containing some of the most striking music in its composer’s vast output.
Set in an unspecified era before history, where the actions of human beings do not yet affect the universal order of things, the story takes place in a mythological world below and above the earth– the depths of the Rhine, the mountaintops and the caves.
Wagner’s epic opera depicts the original sin of theft, the sacred golden treasure, the vanity of the gods, the greed of the Nibelungen, the fratricide of the giants and the building of Valhalla.
The Met’s production of Das Rheingold in its 2018–19 season featured minimal otherworldly landscapes with digital imagery to achieve a modern interpretation of the composer’s masterpiece.
It was performed, as a single opera, at the National Theatre Munich on September 22, 1869, and received its first performance as part of the Ring Cycle at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus on August 13, 1876.
The Met’s landmark production, directed by Robert Lepage, premiered over the course of the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons. The DVD release of its Live in HD presentation won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording.
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