2023 in the Semperoper Dresden

»Der Ring des Nibelungen«

by Richard Wagner

Musikalische Leitung  Christian Thielemann
Inszenierung  Willy Decker
Bühnenbild Wolfgang Gussmann
Kostüme Frauke Schernau, Wolfgang Gussmann
Chor André Kellinghaus
Dramaturgie Klaus Bertisch

In 2023 Willy Decker’s production of »Der Ring des Nibelungen« returns to the stage of the Semperoper Dresden. Principal Conductor Christian Thielemann, an acclaimed Wagner specialist, will direct the Dresden Staatskapelle, whom Richard Wagner called his »miraculous harp«, in this psychologically penetrating and musically explosive drama of gods and men. It was during his tenure as the Saxon court’s Kapellmeister that Richard Wagner decided to compose a work around the Nibelungen legend, and indeed the first reading of the draft libretto was held in Dresden.

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Intending to write a great opera about the hero Siegfried, Wagner ended up creating a tetralogy consisting of a preliminary evening and three days. The complete cycle was premiered in 1876 in the Festspielhaus in Bayreuth, specially built for this magnum opus. Aided by a fabulous ensemble of singers, Willy Decker’s production places the battle for the power of the ring within a theatre, which becomes the backdrop for the demise of the gods and the rise of man. Thereby, the boundary between stage and reality becomes ever more blurred. This is a powerful interpretation of Wagner’s music drama, featuring heartrending characters and fantastic images.

Special conditions of sale for the »Ring«-cycles

Special terms and conditions apply to ticket sales for the »Ring«-cycles: 

Tickets could initially be purchased only as a complete package for either cycle 1 or 2 until 12 June 2022. Remaining tickets for the individual performances can be purchased from 2 November 2022, 10 a.m. To ensure that as many ticket requests as possible can be fulfilled, booking is limited to 2 tickets per »Ring«-performance. Booking is possible on site at the box office, online and by e-mail.

Ring cycles  

Ring cycle 1 – ZRZ1
Fri 27.1.2023, 6 p.m. Das Rheingold
Sat 28.1.2023, 4 p.m. Die Walküre
Mon 30.1.2023, 4 p.m. Siegfried
Wed 1.2.2023, 4 p.m. Götterdämmerung

Ring cycle 2 – ZRZ2
Sun 5.2.2023, 5 p.m. Das Rheingold
Mon 6.2.2023, 4 p.m. Die Walküre
Wed 8.2.2023, 4 p.m. Siegfried
Fri 10.2.2023, 4 p.m. Götterdämmerung

Price per cycle and person euros 1065 / 870 / 790 / 630 / 540 / 410 / 225

Accompanying programme

»Of Heroes and Battle Maidens«
Aktenzeichen on »Der Ring des Nibelungen«
Thu, 26 January 2023, 6 p.m.; Thu, 2 February 2023, 6 p.m. & Thu, 9 February 2023, 6 p.m.

A film series on Richard Wagner’s life and work as reflected on the big screen 

Wagner goes PK Ost: In the series »Wagner.Cinema.Opera«, the Semperoper in cooperation with the Programmkino Ost presents rarely seen film classics with a strong Wagner reference: Fritz Lang’s expressionist silent film »Die Nibelungen« from 1924, Luchino Visconti’s opulent (and at the time scandalous) film portrait »Ludwig II« from 1976 (Director’s Cut), and of course Axel Brüggemann’s documentary »Wagner, Bayreuth und der Rest der Welt«. There will be introductions to the films by Fritz Lang and Luchino Visconti.

In cooperation with the Programmkino Ost and the TU Dresden – Chair of Medieval and Modern Art History

Sun, 26 February 2023, 5 p.m., PK Ost »Die Nibelungen« 1. Teil: »Siegfried«
Sun, 12 March 2023, 5 p.m., PK Ost »Wagner, Bayreuth und der Rest der Welt« 
Sun, 19 March 2023, 5 p.m., PK Ost»Die Nibelungen« 2. Teil: »Kriemhilds Rache« 
Sun, 26 March 2023, 4:15 p.m., PK Ost»Ludwig II.« (Director’s Cut)