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Das Rheingold is the first part of the colossal Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner, and this will be the second time it is seen on the Teatro Real stage since the theatre’s reopening in 1997. Pablo Heras-Casado, Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Real leads a cast of renowned Wagnerians including Greer Grimsley, Sarah Connolly and Samuel Youn in Robert Carsen’s bleak vision of the story. The Canadian stage director sets the prologue of The Ring in the desolation of our polluted world, the scene where the characters in this grandiose conflict will continue to be portrayed during the coming seasons.



Prologue in four scenes from the stage festival play Der Ring des Nibelungen

Music and libretto by Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Premiered at the Königlichen Hof- und Nationaltheater of Munich on 22 September 1869
Premiered at the Teatro Real on 2 March 1910
Production by the Oper Köln

Principal Orchestra of the Teatro Real

(Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)

Starting Point

Written under the strict precepts of Oper und Drama that Richard Wagner himself established, Das Rheingold–the first of the four operas that compose the tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen – seems much more a present day drama than a remote fable. The composer already had a certain intuition with regard to the incompatibilities between the laws of nature and those of human beings, and could foresee the consequences that that this would cause.
The production which is now to be presented by the Teatro Real places us in a world that is in a state of seige, irreversably contaminated, and so devastated by the greed for power of man that, in an effort to control his environment, has ended up doomed to his own destruction. It is a world of people blinded and grey whose existence appears to lack any significance or direction whatsoever. The Rhine, in addition to storing the gold that is to be stolen in order to manufacture the magic (and accursed) ring, becomes a sewer where the remains of the failed civilization are dumped. Das Rheingold is the perfect antechamber to become familiar with the dynamics and conflicts that surround the characters of the tetralogy, and whose travels we will discover in the up-coming seasons with the premières of the other three titles. 

Production Team & Cast

  • Musical director: Pablo Heras-Casado
  • Stage director: Robert Carsen
  • Set and costume designer: Patrick Kinmonth
  • Lighting designer: Manfred Voss
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  • Wotan: Greer Grimsley
  • Donner: Raimund Nolte
  • Froh: David Butt Philip
  • Loge: Joseph Kaiser
  • Fasolt: Ain Anger (Jan. 25, 27, 30 · Feb. 1)
  • : Albert Pesendorfer (Jan. 17, 19, 22)
  • Fafner: Alexander Tsymbalyuk
  • Alberich: Samuel Youn
  • Mime: Mikeldi Atxalandabaso
  • Fricka: Sarah Connolly
  • Freia: Sophie Bevan
  • Erda: Ronnita Miller
  • Woglinde: Isabella Gaudí
  • Wellgunde: Maria Miró
  • Flosshilde: Claudia Huckle

Performance Dates

  • 17 JAN (T) 20:00h
  • 19 JAN (S) 20:00h
  • 22 JAN (T) 20:00h
    Turn A
  • 25 JAN (F) 20:00h
    Turn C
  • 27 JAN (S) 18:00h
    Turn F
  • 30 JAN (W) 20:00h
    Turn B
  • 1 FEB (F) 20:00h
    Turn D
  • Place: Main Auditorium

Programme of show

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