Wagner: Das Rheingold (Blu-Ray) – Staatskapelle Weimar

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Wagner: Das Rheingold (Blu-Ray) – Staatskapelle Weimar

Composer: Richard Wagner
Artists: Mario Hoff, Erin Caves, Christine Hansmann, Tomas Möwes, Frieder Aurich, Renatus Mészár, Hidekazu Tsumaya, Nadine Weissman, Alexander Günther, Jean-Noël Briend, Marietta Zumbült, Silona Michel, Susann Günther-Dissmeier, Christiane Bassek, Luise Grabolle, Marie-Louise Winde, Luisa Wöllner, Straatskapelle Weimar
Conductor: Carl St. Clair
Director: Michael Schulz
Format: NTSC
Language: German
Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Arthaus
Blu-Ray Release Date: May 26, 2009
Run Time: 166 minutes

Richard Wagner's 1869 Das Rheingold - the prologue to his vibrant opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen - received a new interpretation in 2008 as part of this three-day festival performance - a co-production of the Staatstheater Thüringen, the Staatskapelle Weimar and the Deutsches Nationaltheater. It stars Mario Hoff as Wotan, Alexander Günther as Donner, Jean-Noël Briend as Froh and Erin Caves as Loge; Carl St. Clair conducts for the stage while Michael Schulz handles stage direction.

"Weimar National Theatre opens a promising Ring cycle with Wagner`s original ur-scene." (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

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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