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The Nibelung dwarf Alberich robs the Rhinemaidens of the Rhinegold to forge a ring that confers »endless power«. Meanwhile, Wotan, the father of the gods, is forced into action. To reward the giants Fasolt and Fafner for building the castle Valhalla, he steals the Nibelungs’ treasure with the help of Loge, the cunning fire god. Alberich curses the ring and all its future owners – the tragedy takes its course.

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Staatsoper Unter den Linden © visitBerlin, Foto Diana Häner

»The Rheingold« is the foundation of Wagner’s epochal »Ring« tetralogy, which took him around a quarter of a century to write. During this fast-paced and breathless »eve« of the stage festival, major themes are introduced through the action and the music. With the deep E notes of the double basses, Wagner reveals his mythological world, the rise and fall of which are presented to the audience on stage and in the music with great urgency. It is a world of gods, giants, dwarfs and natural beings, placed on strictly hierarchical levels and with various potential for conflict. And although the »Rheingold« bears the features of a fantasy story, much more develops from the events: a true world drama of immense proportions and universal significance that remains highly relevant in the present day. Wagner’s major family saga becomes an all-encompassing epic about power and love, war and peace, and the beneficial and disastrous effects of passions.
Additional information
Introductory matinee on 25 September 2022
Participating artists
Richard Wagner (Autor/in)
Richard Wagner (Komponist/in)
Staatsoper Unter den Linden