The Becoming of the Mannheim Ring (DVD)

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The Becoming of the Mannheim Ring (DVD)
Artists: National Theatre
Directors: Rudij Bergmann
Format: Widescreen, NTSC
Language: German, English
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 2
Studio: Naxos of America, Inc.
DVD Release Date: October 14, 2016
Run Time: 284 minutes

This release includes nearly five hours of film to give a deep insight into the becoming of Wagner’s tetralogy of the “Ring.” This film is directed by Rudij Bergmann, who accompanied Achim Freyer’s production for more than two years. Included are interviews with director Achim Freyer, conductor Dan Ettinger, the singers, and most of the crew at the Mannheim National Theatre. Rudij Bergmann has already made a name for himself in the world of documentaries. His films on Neo Rauch and Robert Hausser have garnered him critical acclaim. This is the world of opera as it has never been seen by the outside world.


Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen

Conceived and written over a period of more than 25 years, Wagner’s Ring cycle is an epic musical journey of four operas: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung. Its story of gods, dwarves, and men and the quest for an all-powerful ring was inspired by many sources, including 13th-century Icelandic writings and the medieval German Nibelungenlied. The complete cycle was first seen at the inaugural Bayreuth Festival in 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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