The Twilight of the Gods

Richard Wagner


Third day of the scenic festival Der Ring des Nibelungen | Text by the composer

Introduction 45 minutes before the performance in the concert foyer


Third day of the scenic festival Der Ring des Nibelungen | Text by the composer | In German with german and english supertitles | Playing time ca. 5 3/4 hours | Two intermissions

“They are rushing toward their own ruin, they who are so confident of their own existence,” prophesies Loge at the end of Rheingold. And then, in Walküre, Wotan becomes painfully aware that he’s borrowed more than he can afford in order to build Valhalla, and confides in his daughter Brünnhilde that his plans have foundered – and that he wishes only for the end. Time and again, Alberich’s curse strikes, always demanding a new sacrifice: Love or power — but never both. Siegmund and Sieglinde, the twin lovers, tasted the power of the Ring, and fell victim to its curse. But one final hope remains, one final chance to win the Ring of the Nibelungs back from Fafner. Siegfried, a new hero, who never learned to be afraid. But this naive child of nature is bound to fall victim to the ice-cold machinations of an ever-coarsening society, in which love, friendship, truth, and loyalty are increasingly disregarded. In the end, a complete collapse of the existing world is the only way to guarantee a new beginning. Wagner’s The Twilight of the Gods describes the transition from nature to civilization, from the world of gods to the world of men, from legend to reality – until the apocalyptic moment when nature returns, with all of her force. The myriad musical motives coalesce in this, the final part of Wagner’s tetralogy. They culminate in Brünnhilde’s immolation scene, when once again the entire world of the Ring passes before our eyes. The Twilight of the Gods is perhaps the most exciting story that Wagner ever wrote: A thrilling psychological tale of love, power, and betrayal, and performing the opera is a tour de force for soloists, choir and orchestra. Ulf Schirmer, managing director and general music director of the Oper Leipzig, leads the Gewandhausorchester.

Christoph Gedschold
Christoph Gedschold Musikalische Leitung
Rosamund Gilmore
Rosamund Gilmore Inszenierung
Carl Friedrich Oberle
Carl Friedrich Oberle Bühne
Nicola Reichert
Nicola Reichert Kostüme
Michael Röger
Michael Röger Licht
Thomas Eitler-de Lint
Thomas Eitler-de Lint Choreinstudierung
Christian Geltinger
Christian Geltinger Dramaturgie
Lise Lindstrom
Lise Lindstrom Brünnhilde
Magdalena Hinterdobler
Magdalena Hinterdobler Gutrune
Marina Prudenskaya
Marina Prudenskaya Waltraute
Christiane Döcker
Christiane Döcker 1. Norn
Sandra Janke
Sandra Janke 2. Norn
Christiane Kohl
Christiane Kohl 3. Norn
Olga Jelínková
Olga Jelínková Woglinde
Sandra Maxheimer
Sandra Maxheimer Wellgunde
Sandra Janke
Sandra Janke Floßhilde
(c) C_Moses
Stefan Vinke Siegfried
Tuomas Pursio
Tuomas Pursio Gunther
Kay Stiefermann
Kay Stiefermann Alberich
Taras Shtonda
Taras Shtonda Hagen
Unita Gay Galiluyo
Unita Gay Galiluyo Tanz
Elodie Lavoignat
Elodie Lavoignat Tanz
Alicia Varela Carballo
Alicia Varela Carballo Tanz
Sandra Lommerzheim
Sandra Lommerzheim Tanz
Ziv Frenkel
Ziv Frenkel Tanz (Grane)
Sidnei Brandão
Sidnei Brandão Tanz
Jochen Vogel
Jochen Vogel Tanz
Vladimir Golubchyk
Vladimir Golubchyk Tanz
Germán Hipólito Farias
Germán Hipólito Farias Tanz
Charlie Fouchier
Charlie Fouchier Tanz
Charlie Fouchier
Charlie Fouchier Tanz