Genius creator of the most extensive work in the history of opera, Wagner made his mighty ‘RING’ in a world where man exists alongside dwarfs, giants and gods. Director, Pierre Audi offers a simple but yet ingenious look on the fatal love story between Siegmund and Sieglinde.
In DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN, Richard Wagner creates his own cosmos between myth and reality. Here we track the original treads of humanity and the relationship between gods and mortals: greed, hatred and malevolence are opposed to love and fidelity, mankind struggles against gods. Who is good, who is bad?
THE VALKYRIE, the First Day of the Ring, takes up again where RHINEGOLD has ended; the story evolves around Siegfried’s parents. The love of the twins Siegmund and Sieglinde incurs the wrath of their heavenly father Wotan, with a tragic conclusion in the second act. Furthermore, it becomes the reason for the discord between Wotan and his favourite daughter, the Valkyrie Brünnhilde. He condemns her to slumber in a ring of fire until Siegfried sets her free and takes her in THE TWILIGHT OF THE GODS to the court of King Gunther.
As artistic director of Dutch National Opera, Pierre Audi directed the first and only complete RING in the Netherlands. His VALKYRIE, premiered in 2005, is led by three internationally renowned Wagner singers: Christopher Ventris in the role of Sigmund, Thomas Johannes Mayer as Wotan, and Catherine Foster as Brünnhilde. The versatile American singer Catherine Naglestad plays the loving Sieglinde. The production is conducted by Hartmut Haenchen, then General Music Director of Dutch National Opera.