Richard Wagner finished composing the entire «Ring” in 1874, having started work on the Siegfried material in 1848. The first cyclic performance took place in 1876 at the Bayreuth Stage Festival. In the Sächsische Staatsoper in Dresden, the last cyclic performance before the current one by Willy Decker was on the schedule in 1943, in the middle of World War II. In order to save the world from destruction, people are needed who can learn to understand one another, who are capable of love and who denounce any form of power and destruction. There is another type of gold than that of which the ring – which holds out the prospect of world domination – has been forged. The myth of the «Ring of the Nibelung” is the stocktaking and the message. The dwarf Alberich covets the Rhine maidens, but is refused. Therefore, he turns his back forever on love, steals the gold of the Rhine and lets a ring be made of it. The gods Wotan and Loge use cunning to steal the ring from him. As a result, Alberich places a curse on the ring and all its possessors. Wotan gives the ring and the location of Valhalla to the giants Fasolt and Fafner to release the goddess Freia. The giants fight about the division of the treasures. Fafner kills his brother Fasolt.
The eve of the Bühnenfestspiels »The Ring of the Nibelungs« by Richard Wagner
Running time 2 hours 30 minutes
Premiere 30 Sep 2001