Wagner: Das Rheingold (2-DVD) – Sofia Opera & Ballet

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Wagner: Das Rheingold (2-DVD) – Sofia Opera & Ballet

Composer: Richard Wagner
Artists: Nikolay Petrov, Daniel Ostretsov, Biser Georgiev, Rumyana Petrova, Veselina Vasileva, Stefan Vladimirov, Petar Buchkov, Krastan Krastanov, Miroslav Andreev, Blagovesta Mekki, Krasimir Dinev, Irina Zhekova, Dorotea Doroteeva, Tsveta Sarambelieva, Orchestra of the Sofia Opera & Ballet
Conductor: Pavel Baleff
Director: Plamen Kartaloff
Format: NTSC
Language: German
Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 2
Studio: Dynamic
DVD Release Date:
April 16, 2021
Run Time: 161 minutes

Wagner sourced material for his national legend Der Ring des Nibelungen in medieval German and Scandinavian sagas, though much was his own invention. Das Rheingold is the prologue to this tetralogy of music dramas. It introduces the principal events in this visionary work: the theft by the Nibelung dwarf Alberich of the ring made from Rhine gold, and its seizure by Wotan, ruler of the Gods.

This production was recorded in 2010 at the Sofia Opera and Ballet. The theatre’s managing director Plamen Kartaloff succeeded in creating an amazing Ring with local Sofia cast and crew, delivering a most modern and captivating rendition which was acclaimed by international press.



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History

Das Rheingold

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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