|Cologne Opera House, "Ring of the Nibelung", Germany, 2010|
Tour Dates: 16 - 19 Sep & 21 - 24 Sep, 2010
“...all charged with such intensity and delicacy in terms of the stage direction and with ingenious lighting...”
In 1874, Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) was completed by Richard Wagner, the leading German dramatic composer and theorist, whose operas and music had a revolutionary influence on Western music.
The plot was set in motion by Alberich, the Nibelung dwarf. In the name of love, he forged the ring from the river
The opulent music drama consists of 4 parts, Das Rheingold (The Rhinegold), Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), Siegfried and Götterdämmerung (The Twilight of the Gods). The cycle is a work of an extraordinary scale, in addition to the length of the production; the orchestra was also of a gargantuan proportion. Wagner eventually designed a purpose-built theatre, the “Bayreuther Festspielhaus”, where the first performance of the completed Ring cycle took place on 13 August, 1876.
Wagner has injected elements from many German and Scandinavian myths and folk tales but also with many contemporary concepts. His ingenious work has provoked many praises and criticisms, extolled and condemned but the production is ultimately recognised as a triumph, an outstanding piece of Wagner’s career. The combination of the vividly drawn mythical characters and the thick and richly textured music, Der Ring des Nibelungen is a timeless classic piece, full of life and action with superb climaxes.
It is not only because the Cologne Opera House is situated near the Rhine River for it to be the most suitable venue for the production of Der Ring des Nibelungen, in which this river plays a major role, Cologne Opera itself also enjoys an outstanding reputation for its performances of a high artistic standard.
Its previous home destroyed in the Second World War, in 1957 Cologne Opera found new quarters in a structure created by architect Wilhelm Riphahn. The edifice is a splendid example of the architecture of the 1950s.
In the three coming years, the Opera House will undergo extensive renovations. During this time, audiences in
The orchestra was named after
Since 1986 the ensemble resides in Cologne Philharmonie where they have performed around 50 concerts every year. In 2004, Markus Stenz assumed the position of Chief Conductor of the Gürzenich Orchestra Köln and was named General Music Director of the State of Cologne in 2005.
Markus Stenz is the General Music Director of the City of
Studied at the
As Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (1998 – 2004) Markus Stenz broadened his repertoire and established his career as an international conductor. Markus Stenz conducts many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestras of the Bayerische Rundfunk, the HR, the WDR and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Since his debut as an opera conductor at La Fenice in Venice in a production of Hans Werner Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers he has appeared at many of the world’s major opera houses and international festivals including La Scala in Milan, La Monnaie in Brussels, English National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Edinburgh International Festival and Salzburg Festival.
His notable performances in
In the course of Robert Carsen’s international career, he has been rewarded with many critics’ prizes and awards. He has worked with New York Metropolitan Opera,
“The Valkyries and in particular Siegfried are among the best currently on offer to the international Wagner community...”
“And all charged with such intensity and delicacy in terms of the stage direction and with ingenious lighting, so that there is not an instant of boredom...”
“A family saga on a global scale...”
“A brilliant piece full of black-as-night realism and tongue-in-cheek entertainment...”
For further information please contact:
Ms. Qian Hoehne
Tel: +86 10 5165 0798 ext. 32