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Das RheingoldNew production

OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
Dates/times in Zurich time zone
Saturday 30 April 202219:00
Tuesday 03 May 202219:00
Saturday 07 May 202219:00
Tuesday 10 May 202219:00
Saturday 14 May 202219:30
Wednesday 18 May 202219:30
Sunday 22 May 202214:00
Wednesday 25 May 202219:00
Saturday 28 May 202219:30
Performers
Zurich Opera
Gianandrea NosedaConductor
Andreas HomokiDirector
Christian SchmidtSet Designer, Costume Designer
Franck EvinLighting Designer
Werner HintzeDramaturgy
Beate BreidenbachDramaturgy
Tomasz KoniecznyBassWotan
Jordan ShanahanBaritoneDonner
Omer KobiljakTenorFroh
Matthias KlinkTenorLoge
Patricia BardonMezzo-sopranoFricka
Kiandra HowarthSopranoFreia
Anna DanikMezzo-sopranoErda
Christopher PurvesBaritoneAlberich
Wolfgang Ablinger-SperrhackeTenorMime
David SoarBassFasolt
Oleg DavydofBassFafner
Uliana AlexyukSopranoWoglinde
Niamh O'SullivanMezzo-sopranoWellgunde
Deniz UzunMezzo-sopranoFlosshilde
Philharmonia Zürich

«Nur wer der Minne Macht entsagt» – «Only those who renounce the power of love» can harness the magical power held within the gold hidden deep in the Rhine River and attain immeasurable power. Or so sing the Rhinemaidens at the beginning of Rheingold, exposing the central conflict that rules over Wagner’s grandiose interpretation of the world. Power, politics, and violence are counteracted only by love. Which makes love and power mutually exclusive. It is the Nibelung Alberich who renounces love at the beginning of the tetralogy, seizing the gold from the Rhinemaidens and forging a ring that will allow him to dominate the world. Wotan, the ruler of the gods, learns of Alberich’s deed and lusts after the magical ring and the riches Alberich has already amassed. Wotan takes control of the ring, disregarding laws he himself created. In anger at the deception, Alberich casts a desperate curse: misfortune and death shall henceforth befall anyone who possesses the ring. Das Rheingold, the tetralogy’s preliminary evening, opens with a mythical E-flat major chord. As the sounds rise from immeasurable depths, virgin nature is manifested musically. But this pristine state soon gives way to something else. Driven by their insatiable craving for wealth and power, the opera’s protagonists violate law and social norms, destroying nature in the process. This parable of the world is also the most fairytale-like of Wagner’s creation: in addition to the gods and the Nibelungs, the story is full of giants, dwarves, mermaids, and the primordial mythical entity called Erda, all of whom drive the action. Here, the conflicts at hand haven’t yet reached the apocalyptic climax awaiting in the other operas. Nor does Wotan yet know that the consequences of his actions will lead to the inexorable downfall of the gods.

Gianandrea Noseda takes on the Ring’s musical score. It is a groundbreaking work of music theater that changed music history forever with its bold tonal colors and rigorous use of leitmotifs. Intendant Andreas Homoki will direct for the stage. Thomas Konieczny will make his debut in Zurich as Wotan, a role that earned him rave reviews at the Vienna State Opera. Christopher Purves debuts as Alberich – Wotan’s fiercest opponent.

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