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Richard Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

The perfect blend of words, action, music and drama into a "total work of art" was the goal of Richard Wagner - and nothing less than a complete revolution in theater.  Wagner's vision became reality against all odds at his own festival in the Bavarian town of Bayreuth in 1876. Since then, only his own works have been performed there.

With heads of state and various celebrities in attendance, the Richard Wagner Festival in Bayreuth is Germany's top summertime social event.  With the new staging of Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) in the Wagner anniversary year, even more attention is focused on Bayreuth.  Music critics and the media descend on the festival in late July to experience the "Ring" in the very theater that was built for the four-opera cycle.

The complete "Ring" premiered at the first Bayreuth Festival, and each new production has attracted the world's attention.  The 2013 rendition by stage director Frank Castorf and conductor Kyrill Petrenko can be expected to generate controversy, as have productions in the past - following Wagner's own exhortation to "create something new."

In story and substance, the opera tetralogy is inexhaustible, dealing with nothing less than the origin and the fate of the world.  In this, the story is both timeless and timely, with gods and nymphs, dragons, dwarfs, giants and human beings entrenched in a web of bribery, hate, jealousy, power, murder - and love.  Add to that the most essential element - Wagner's rich musical tapestry - with its bombast and subtlety, stimulating the emotions and the intellect.

DW is proud to present the complete Ring cycle, captured in the unsurpassed acoustics of the Festspielhaus by Radio Bavaria.  Host Rick Fulker talks with the cast and the production team, bringing it all a little closer.  It's your front-seat ticket to one of the world's most exclusive events.

This series is available free of charge to all stations September 1, thru December 31, 2013.  For more information, please contact Tony Macaluso at 773-279-2114, email: tmacaluso@wfmt.com or Carol Martinez at 773-279-2112, email: cmartinez@wfmt.com.


 

BAYREUTH FESTIVAL OPERAS

Broadcast Schedule — Fall 2013

 



PROGRAM #:   BF 13-01  
RELEASE:   September 7, 2013

OPERA:   DAS RHEINGOLD (The Rhine Gold)
COMPOSER:   Richard Wagner

Roles and Soloists:
Wotan    Wolfgang Koch, baritone
Fricka    Claudia Mahnke, contralto
Freia    Elisabet Strid, soprano
Loge    Norbert Ernst, tenor
Donner    Oleksandr Pushniak, baritone
Froh    Lothar Odinius, tenor
Erda    Nadine Weissmann, contralto
Alberich   Martin Winkler, baritone
Mime    Burkhard Ulrich, tenor
Fafner    Sorin Coliban, bass
Fasolt    Günther Groissböck, bass
Woglinde   Mirella Hagen
Wellgunde   Julia Rutigliano
Flosshilde   Okka von der Damerau

CONDUCTOR:  Kyrill Petrenko
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Frank Castorf
ORCHESTRA:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra

Approx. Length:  3 hours



PROGRAM #:   BF 13-02
RELEASE:   September 14, 2013

OPERA:   DIE WALKÜRE (The Valkyrie)
COMPOSER:   Richard Wagner

Roles and Soloists:
Siegmund   Johan Botha, tenor
Sieglinde   Anja Kampe, soprano
Hunding   Franz-Josef Selig, bass
Wotan    Wolfgang Koch, baritone
Brünnhilde   Catherine Foster, soprano
Fricka    Claudia Mahnke, contralto
Gerhilde   Allison Oakes
Ortlinde   Dara Hobbs
Waltraute   Claudia Mahnke
Schwertleite   Nadine Weissmann
Helmwige   Christiane Kohl
Siegrune   Julia Rutigliano
Grimgerde   Geneviève King
Rossweisse   Alexandra Petersamer

CONDUCTOR:  Kyrill Petrenko
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Frank Castorf
ORCHESTRA:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra

Approx. Length:  4 hours 30 minutes


PROGRAM #:   BF 13-03
RELEASE:   September 21, 2013

OPERA:   SIEGFRIED
COMPOSER:   Richard Wagner

Roles and Soloists:
Siegfried   Lance Ryan, tenor
Brünnhilde   Catherine Foster, soprano
The Wanderer   Wolfgang Koch, baritone
Mime    Burkhard Ulrich, tenor
Alberich   Martin Winkler, baritone
Fafner    Sorin Coliban, bass
Erda    Nadine Weissmann, contralto
The Forest Bird  Mirella Hagen, soprano

CONDUCTOR:  Kyrill Petrenko
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Frank Castorf
ORCHESTRA:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra

Approx. Length:  4 hours 30 minutes



PROGRAM #:   BF 13-04
RELEASE:   September 28, 2013                               
 
OPERA:   GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods)
COMPOSER:   Richard Wagner


Roles and Soloists:
Siegfried   Lance Ryan, tenor
Brünnhilde   Catherine Foster, soprano
Waltraute   Claudia Mahnke, contralto
Gunther   Alexander Marco-Buhrmester, baritone
Gutrune   Allison Oakes, soprano
Alberich   Andrew Shore, baritone
Hagen    Attila Jun, bass
1st Norn   Okka von der Damerau
2nd Norn   Claudia Mahnke
3rd Norn   Christiane Kohl
Woglinde   Mirella Hagen
Wellgunde   Julia Rutigliano
Flosshilde   Okka von der Damerau
Alberich   Martin Winkler, baritone

CONDUCTOR:  Kyrill Petrenko
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Frank Castorf
ORCHESTRA:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
CHORUS:   Bayreuth Festival Chorus, Eberhard Friedrich, conductor
 
Approx. Length:  5 hours