Budapest Wagner Days 2022: fourteen years ago, Müpa Budapest (Palace of Arts Budapest) premiered its grand-scale production, The Ring of the Nibelung opera cycle, with conductor Ádám Fischer and the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir. Richard Wagner’s tetralogy, which takes place over four consecutive evenings, can now be seen again on the stage of Müpa Budapest. The Budapest Wagner Days 2022 from 9 to 22 June will feature internationally acclaimed Ring productions, a recital by one of today’s most influential bass-baritones, René Pape, and a concert-like performance of Wagner’s opera Rienzi with fantastic acoustics.
The Four Parts of The Ring of the Nibelung comprise more than sixteen hours of music: the prologue to the abduction of the Ring (The Treasure of the Rhine); the Walküre, full of popular operatic hits; Siegfried, about the Wagnerian hero’s self-reflection, and the finale, The Twilight of the Gods, which ends with the destruction of the world and the possibility of a new beginning.
The Treasure of the Rhine is an introduction to Wagner’s world: the original sin is committed before our eyes, the theft of the Ring, which sets off a chain of events. Conductor Adam Fischer wants to interpret Wagner’s vision, so that we understand that the Ring’s fable-like stories are really about us.
The second evening of The Nibelung Ring will dazzle with operatic hits such as Siegmund’s Song of Spring, The Ride of the Valkyries, Wotan’s Farewell and The Magic of Fire. The rebel Amazon, Brünnhilde, is played by two legendary singers: the first by Swedish singer Iréne Theorin and the second by British singer Catherine Foster.
Siegfried, Wagner’s hero, borrowed from Germanic mythology, is a wild lad of unbridled gaiety who only slowly realises his powers as he travels. In the Ring’s most philosophical episode, the great German heroic tenor Stefan Vinke takes on the role of the hero.
The final part of The Ring of the Nibelung is about the destruction of the world. The end, however, holds the possibility of a new beginning. Does humanity have time to return the Ring to the mermaids of Rhineland?
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