Das Rheingold: the first part of Wagner´s legendary cycle of epic music dramas
Sung In German, and surtitled in Czech and English
Richard Wagner (1813–1883) drew inspiration for his monumental tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen in Old German myths and Norse sagas, in which gods, demigods and mortals fight each other so as to gain a magic ring.
The first part of the cycle, Das Rheingold, is the shortest of the four music dramas. The story begins at the bottom of the river Rhine, where three water nymphs, Rhinemaidens, guard sacred gold. Alberich, a Nibelung dwarf, steals the gold and has it recast into a magic ring that gives its owner the power to rule the world. Unsurprisingly, several mythic characters, including Wotan, the ruler of the gods, aspire to take possession of the ring.
When, aided by Loge, the demigod of fire, Wotan seizes the ring, Alberich curses it. Subsequently, throughout the tetralogy, the curse afflicts three generations of the gods, who ultimately face perdition in the final part, Götterdämmerung. In musical terms, the entire tetralogy is interlinked by leitmotivs, denoting the characters and their actions.
Štefan Margita (Loge) - tenor
Egils Silins (Wotan) - bass-baritone
Thomas Gazheli (Alberich) - bass-baritone
Arnold Bezuyen (Mime) - tenor
Christian Hübner (Fasolt) - bass
National Theatre Opera soloists
State Opera Orchestra
Andreas Sebastian Weiser - the music director of the State Opera
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