The Ring Festival 2020 - The Twilight of the Gods ( Götterdämmerung )

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PreviousMay 1971

On the Valkyrie rocks sit the three Norns in the dead of night , the rope of fate spinning . They tell each other that Wotan has decided the downfall of the gods. The world - ash, the symbol of his rule, he has cut down and let the logs layers to Valhalla. Once the curse -loaded ring was returned to the Rhine daughters , he would throw the fire in the castle , and the Twilight of the Gods will be fulfilled. The golden rope of Norns tears . You sink into the depths. At dawn Siegfried and Brünnhilde appear to the outside. He takes leave of her , he is drawn to new rides. Brünnhilde gives him her horse Grane . He leaves her as a pledge of his fidelity to ring back (" For new deeds , expensive Helde "). The orchestra portrays " Siegfried's Rhine Journey " .

Act I

In the Hall of Gibichungs on the banks of the Rhine, Gunther prevails . Live there with him Gutrune , his sister, and Hagen , his half-brother , the son that Alberich has witnessed liebelos . Hagen tells Gunther of Brünnhilde , the rest on the flame of the rocks . Only the strongest, Siegfried the dragon slayer , she could win for him. Through a potion of forgetfulness would have to be tied to Gutrune Siegfried and Brünnhilde for Gunther free .

Already you can hear Siegfried's horn on the river. He is welcomed by Gunther . By Hagen Siegfried learns how matters has the tarnhelm . The magical potion of forgetfulness , passed from Hagen, soon has its effect , Siegfried forget Brünnhilde and burns with love for Gutrune . He asks Gunther to her hand , and he is ready to win Brünnhilde for Gunther using the Tarnhelm . With solemn blood brotherhood pact is sealed. Now Siegfried has fallen to the curse of the ring. Immediately break Gunther and Siegfried to Brünnhilde stone. Hagen remains musing back (" Here I sit to watch "). He hopes to enter the ring and dominion over the world .

On the Valkyrie Brünnhilde, Siegfried's rock expected return. Her sister Walt diamond rushes to her , Wotan's bid disregarding , according to which no one should approach it. She tells of the plight of the gods, whose demise was imminent. With stirring words she describes Wotan's resignation (" Ever since he divorced from you "). Pleading she begs Brünnhilde to voluntarily return the ring to the Rhine maidens , but this has the suggestion to sacrifice Siegfried's gift of love , pride back , also like Valhalla perish. Lamenting hurries Walt diamond. - Siegfried's horn call is heard . Joyful want Brünnhilde hasten to him, but to her horror she sees a stranger walk through the flames , not realizing that Siegfried himself is the one who has accepted by the tarnhelm Gunther's shape. After a brief struggle , he snatches her the ring and tells her to go into the rock 's quarters , where he between them and places Nothung is to express to that he has the blood brother maintained the loyalty .

 Act II

Before Gibichungenhalle wakes Hagen, when his father Alberich appears to stoke his hatred against Siegfried and the gods and to ask him to win the ring. In sleep Hagen vowed to be faithful to the Father, as this requires it. Siegfried can be put back to the hall by the tarnhelm to be with Gutrune front of the other again . He tells Hagen and Gutrune of the successful advertising, whereupon Hagen with tremendous reputation gathered all the men and invites them to the wedding to prepare (" Hoiho , her Gibichsmannen ! ").

Gunther arrives and introduces the pale Brünnhilde, who dares hardly lift his eyes , his entourage. As he guides it to Siegfried and Gutrune Brünnhilde recoils in horror. Siegfried they do not seem to know . Stunned, she learns that he is engaged to Gutrune . At his hand she sees the ring.

Now she sees through the fraud and accuses Siegfried to disclose that he was the one she had defeated mask in Gunther . Siegfried , however , deprives the potion of memory, just know that he once won from the ring the dragon and the blood brother Gunther has kept the faith . When the spear tip he swears a sacred oath to the truth of his word , but Brünnhilde snatches him the spear and affirms that it is, correspond to their words of truth . With a high-spirited remark about the vagaries of women Siegfried tries to defuse the situation . He leads Gutrune in the hall.

Brünnhilde remains with Hagen and Gunther alone. She seeks revenge for Siegfried's betrayal , she can not comprehend. Hagen knows how to coax her that Siegfried is vulnerable at the back. Morning on the hunt he wants to attack him from behind . Also Gunther , who had been indecisive and vacillating , agrees with the plan , but regrets Gutrune , the people will say , a wild boar had killed Siegfried . Hagen seems close to the target of his sinister plans . As Brünnhilde and Gunther want to go into the hall , comes to meet them Siegfried and Gutrune wedding procession , where they join reluctantly.


Siegfried got lost while hunting in a wild forest valley on the banks of the Rhine, where he will meet with the gambling Rhine daughters. You ask him about the ring . He is almost ready , but when they prophesy to him that he was going to die today, if he would retain him, he refuses to give away the ring.

The hunting party with Gunther and Hagen appears on the scene . Hagen Siegfried reaches a memory potion. The prompt to tell of his exploits , like Siegfried comes after (" Mime was a grumpy dwarf "). The memory comes back to him , and after the story of the battle with the dragon , Siegfried also reported from the extraction Brunnhilde . Now his perjury appears proved . Hagen called him nachzublicken two ravens fly straight over him . When Siegfried thereby turning their backs on him , he pierced him with his spear . Dying greets Siegfried clear look again Brünnhilde (" Brünnhilde , holy bride ").

In solemn procession of the dead is lifted onto the shields and carried to Gibichungenhalle (" Funeral March "). There expected Gutrune full of gloomy forebodings the return of Siegfried . Hagen arrives first and Gutrune announces the death of her husband . He openly confesses that he killed him, then he asks Gunther the ring. As refuses this , Hagen slays him as well. Then he wants to pull the ring from Siegfried fingers themselves . But when the dead hand threateningly raises , he draws back , shuddering .

Brünnhilde raises the dead lament for Siegfried , as they now know all the relationships (" Strong logs stacked me there "). You can build a huge pyre for Siegfried . Then she takes the ring itself , ignited the pile with a torch and riding her horse into the flames ( "My heritage now ... Grane , my horse was , greeted me "). The Rhine overflows its banks and leaves tumbling down the hall, the Rhine maidens pull Hagen, trying to last to bring the ring itself , with in depth. Joyfully she keep the recovered ring in the air. In a fiery glow in the sky you can see the encased flames of Valhalla , the end of the gods has come. Wotan's fate has been fulfilled.

Program and cast

Creative Team
Music :Richard Wagner
Libretto :Richard Wagner
Set design :Rebecca Ringst
Costume design :Ingo Krügler
Lighting design :Michael Bauer
Video :Sarah Derendinger

Siegfried :Andreas Schager
Gunther :Johannes Martin Kränzle
Alberich :Jochen Schmeckenbecher
Hagen :Ain Anger
Brünnhilde :Ricarda Merbeth
Gutrune, Dritte norn :Ricarda Merbeth
Waltraute, Zweite norn :Sarah Connolly
Erste norn: Wiebke Lehmkuhl
Woglinde: Tamara Banjesevic
Wellgunde: Megan Marino
Flosshilde: Claudia Huckle

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