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May 2022

Three Norns spin the fate of rope to describe past, present and future: Alberich's theft of the Rhinegold, the curse of the ring, Wotan's self-constitution by cutting his contract spear from the World Ash, her withering, its precipitation, Siegfried's encounter with Wotan. But the fate of rope breaks, escape the Norns down to her mother, Erda.
At the Valkyries' rock, Siegfried adopted by Brünnhilde and she had marked with protective runes as a pledge of love you can be the Siegfried Ring of the Nibelung.

1. Act

Hagen, Alberich's son advises his half-brother Gunther and his sister Gutrune, to heighten the glory of the Gibichungs: Gunther to marry Brünnhilde and Siegfried Gutrune. When he arrived at them, he goes on the advice Hagens Gutrune a potion that makes Siegfried forget Brünnhilde year - he falls in love with Gutrune. To win, he promises to bring the Walküre Brünnhilde for Gunther rocks. Nachdemer made a blood brother Gunther, Siegfried hurries to win Brünnhilde for Gunther.
In the meantime, Brünnhilde is from her sister, visited the Valkyrie Waltraute. This begs her to return the ring to the Rhine daughters to solve the curse. Brünnhilde refuses, however, the ring, because it is Siegfried's pledge of love.
Siegfried appears, transformed by his Tarnhelm in the form of Gunther, go through the fire and defeat Brünnhilde. As a sign of their marriage - Gunther - he rescues her the ring.

2. Act

In a nighttime scene Alberich reminds his son Hagen to win for him the ring. As the incoming with Gunther and Brünnhilde Siegfried Gutrune as a couple and sees the ring on Siegfried recognizes hand, they accused him of betrayal. Siegfried denies his guilt, but Hagen, Gunther and Brünnhilde decide his death.

3. Act

On the hunt met Siegfried the Rhine daughters dieihn around the ring and ask him warning of the curse. But the ring remains at Siegfried. The hunting party comes to him, at the request Hagens tells Siegfried of his life. As he speaks, Hagen gives him a potion that creates the memory of Brünnhilde again. Hagen sees this as a confession of betrayal and met him a spear in the back. Dying does his love for Siegfried Brünnhilde.
In the dispute over the ring Hagen kills Gunther, but Brünnhilde now power their original right to Siegfried - and the ring - again argued: It assigns Siegfried of combustion and plunges himself into the fire. The rising over its banks flooding the Rhine container, pull the three Rhine daughters Hagen, who wants to win the ring for himself, in depth, the ring has fallen back to the Rhine. While Valhalla goes up in flames, people in high emotion with the downfall of the gods of sex.

Program and cast

Axel Kober
Michael Weinius
Clemens Unterreiner
Dmitry Belosselskiy
Jochen Tasting Cup
Nina Stemme
Regine Hangler
Szilvia Voros
Sven Eric Bechtolf
Rolf Glittenberg
Marianne Glittenberg

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Subway lines: U1, U2, U4
Trams: 1, 2, D, J, 62, 65
Buses: 59A
Local Railway: Badner Bahn
Stops: Karlsplatz / Opera

Taxi stands are available nearby.


Parking is only € 6, - for eight hours!

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.

Important: In order to get the discount, please draw a ticket and do not use your credit card when entering the garage!

After devaluing your ticket in the Wiener Staatsoper you can pay comfortably by credit card or cash at the vending machines.

The machines accept coins and bills up to 50.- Euro. Parking time longer than 8 hours will be charged at the normal rate.


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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