Das Rheingold

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June 2023

In the depths of the Rhine, beware the three Rhine maidens the gold. The dwarf Alberich, the Lord of the Nibelungen observes them and tries to grab one of the girls - in vain. As the gold shines in the morning sun, Alberich learns that the gold can only rob the one who renounces love forever. This could forge a ring from the gold, which gives the wearer untold power. Alberich then swears off love, steals the gold and forging the ring.

The RiesenFafner Fasolt and have built the castle for the gods of Valhalla. Wotan, the supreme God has promised as the price for their construction activities, the goddess Freia. When the giants claim the prize, he has been thwarted by the other gods, but Wotan knows that he must remain faithful to the Lord of the contracts to his word. Everyone is waiting for Loge, the wily god of fire, is to find a way out. This finally comes and tells of Alberich's gold robbery and power gain. The Giants listen carefully and are prepared to give up Freia if instead the gold Alberich within a day were given in exchange. But first they drag Freia as security along with it. Immediately begin to age the gods, as Freia is the only one on the care of the golden apples understood that give eternal youth. Wotan and Loge go to Nibelheim to Alberich then listen to the ring.

This allows the Nibelungen work for you and collect a vast hoard of gold. With the aid of gold Alberich would achieve the highest power in the world and overthrow the gods. His brother Mime has forged for him a Tarnhelm, with whose help he can immediately take any desired shape. require as Wotan and Loge by Alberich evidence of the effectiveness of the Tarnhelm Alberich sets the Tarnhelm and turns into a toad. At once he is seized by Wotan and Loge, bound and dragged away. To regain his freedom must Alberich gold ring Tarnhelm and deliver to Wotan. But as he leaves he curses the ring: he should bring his owner out of power death and misfortune. Wotan is the gold reluctantly on to the Giants, but the ring only to appeal to the goddess Erda to warn of the disaster that will bring the ring. Freia is triggered, but the curse is already reflected in the ring: fighting over the gold Fafner kills his brother Fasolt.
The gods move into the castle, but Rhine daughters mourn the loss of the Rhinegold. Only lodge looks despite the magnificent collection to Valhalla ahead of the end of the gods.


Program and cast

Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Director: Sven-Eric Bechtolf
Stage: Rolf Glittenberg
Costumes: Marianne Glittenberg
Video: Friedrich Zorn

Wotan: Eric Owens
Thunder: Martin Häßler
Froh: Daniel Jenz
Loge: Michael Laurenz
Fricka: Tanja Ariane Baumgartner
Freia: Regine Hangler
Erda: Noa Beinart
Alberich: Michael Nagy
Mime: Matthäus Schmidlechner
Fasolt: Stephano Park
Fafner: Ain Anger

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Trams: 1, 2, D, J, 62, 65
Buses: 59A
Local Railway: Badner Bahn
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The Wiener Staatsoper and the ÖPARK Kärntner Ring Garage on Mahlerstraße 8, under the “Ringstraßengalerien”, offer the patrons of the Vienna State Opera a new, reduced parking fee. You can park in the Kärntner Ring Garage for up to 8 hours and pay only a flat fee of € 6, -. Just validate your ticket at one of the discount machines inside the Wiener Staatsoper. The normal rate will be charged for parking time greater than 8 hours. The validation machines can be found at the following coat checks: Operngasse, Herbert von Karajan-Platz, and the right and left and balcony galleries.

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The structure of the opera house was planned by the Viennese architect August Sicard von Sicardsburg, while the inside was designed by interior decorator Eduard van der Nüll. It was also impacted by other major artists such as Moritz von Schwind, who painted the frescoes in the foyer, and the famous "Zauberflöten" (“Magic Flute”) series of frescoes on the veranda. Neither of the architects survived to see the opening of ‘their’ opera house: the sensitive van der Nüll committed suicide, and his friend Sicardsburg died of a stroke soon afterwards.


On May 25, 1869, the opera house solemnly opened with Mozart's Don Giovanni in the presence of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth.
The popularity of the building grew under the artistic influence of the first directors: Franz von Dingelstedt, Johann Herbeck, Franz Jauner, and Wilhelm Jahn. The Vienna opera experienced its first high point under the direction of Gustav Mahler. He completely transformed the outdated performance system, increased the precision and timing of the performances, and also utilized the experience of other noteworthy artists, such as Alfred Roller, for the formation of new stage aesthetics.


The years 1938 to 1945 were a dark chapter in the history of the opera house. Under the Nazis, many members of the house were driven out, pursued, and killed, and many works were not allowed to be played.


On March 12, 1945, the opera house was devastated during a bombing, but on May 1, 1945, the “State Opera in the Volksoper” opened with a performance of Mozart's THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. On October 6, 1945, the hastily restored “Theaters an der Wien” reopened with Beethoven's FIDELIO. For the next ten years the Vienna State Opera operated in two venues while the true headquarters was being rebuilt at a great expense.


The Secretary of State for Public Works, Julius Raab, announced on May 24, 1945, that reconstruction of the Vienna State Opera would begin immediately. Only the main facade, the grand staircase, and the Schwind Foyer had been spared from the bombs. On November 5, 1955, the Vienna State Opera reopened with a new auditorium and modernized technology. Under the direction of Karl Böhm, Beethoven’s FIDELIO was brilliantly performed, and the opening ceremonies were broadcast by Austrian television. The whole world understood that life was beginning again for this country that had just regained its independence.


Today, the Vienna State Opera is considered one of the most important opera houses in the world; in particular, it is the house with the largest repertoire. It has been under the direction of Dominique Meyer since September 1, 2010.

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