At the bottom of the Rhine, magical gold gleams. When the Rhinemaidens who watch over it mockingly reject the advances of the Nibelung Alberich, the dwarf cheats them not only out of their treasure but also out of its secret: whoever forges a ring from the gold and renounces love will rule the world. Alberich does not hesitate, but his omnipotence is short-lived. After all, Wotan, King of the Gods, has also set his sights on the gold. He wants to use it to pay off his debt to the giants who built the fortress he dreamed of for so long. But doesn’t this Valhalla, laboriously constructed from broken pacts, symbolize the fatal aspirations of its owner? Hasn’t his power too already begun to wane?
The premiere of Das Rheingold in 1876 opened a new and decisive chapter in the history of opera. From a single opening chord, sustained over 136 bars, a new world emerged: the cosmos of Richard Wagner’s epic tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen. Founded on the ideal of the Gesamtkunstwerk, this work would trigger an aesthetic, philosophical and, above all, artistic revolution that continues to resonate to this day.
Spread over two seasons, La Monnaie is taking up the challenge of presenting a new production of this cycle, starting with the ‘preliminary evening’, Das Rheingold. For this, the house turns to two leading figures of its artistic family. Director and visual artist Romeo Castellucci, eschewing any irony, will go straight to the heart of Wagner’s myth, inviting every spectator to form their own interpretation of it. And thanks to conductor Alain Altinoglu’s musical interpretation, the drama, a concept so dear to Wagner, will take on its full dimension.
Are you under 30? Then attend this opera on the 'Young Opera' night (7.11.2023) and enjoy a free reception and exclusive introduction.
Dynamic ticket prices
Starting from € 16 to € 175
-30 years old: € 10 / € 50
Sung in German
Surtitles in Dutch and French
Introductory talks 45' before the start of the performance: in Dutch by David Vergauwen (Bonbonnière) and in French by Charles-Henry Boland (Grand Foyer)
2:30 (without interval)
Broadcast live on Auvio, Musiq3 & Klara
Streaming at lamonnaie.be
20.11.23 > 31.12.23
Der Ring des Nibelungen
Ein Bühnenfestspiel für drei Tage und einen Vorabend
Vorabend: Das Rheingold
Text und Musik: Richard Wagner
Premiere Festspielhaus, Bayreuth, 13.8.1876
DramaturgeCHRISTIAN LONGCHAMP Artistic CollaboratorMAXI MENJA LEHMANN Set Design CollaboratorPAOLA VILLANI Costume Design CollaboratorCLARA ROSINA STRAßERLighting Collaborator BENEDIKT ZEHMChoreographyCINDY VAN ACKER
WotanGÁBOR BRETZ DonnerANDREW FOSTER-WILLIAMS FrohJULIAN HUBBARD LogeNICKY SPENCE FrickaMARIE-NICOLE LEMIEUX FreiaANETT FRITSCH ErdaNORA GUBISCH AlberichSCOTT HENDRICKS MimePETER HOARE FasoltANTE JERKUNICA FafnerWILHELM SCHWINGHAMMER WoglindeELEONORE MARGUERRE WellgundeJELENA KORDIĆ FlosshildeCHRISTEL LOETZSCH
La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra
ProductionLA MONNAIE Coproduction GRAN TEATRO DEL LICEU (Barcelona)
In co-production with Shelter Prod and Prospero MM Productions, with the support of Taxshelter.be and ING
With the support of the Belgian Federal Government's Tax Shelter