Presented by Washington National Opera
Richard Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung
The Rhinegold * The Valkyrie * Siegfried * Twilight of the Gods
Themes of The Ring—including how greed and corruption can destroy both the economy and the environment—still being debated in today’s political world. This is Washington National Opera’s first complete Ring cycle and the only Ring cycle in North America in 2016
The epic story of the Ring begins on the banks of the Rhine, where three maidens guard the river’s magical gold. If forged into a ring, this sacred treasure gives its bearer unimaginable abilities–but at the cost of renouncing love forever. Alberich, a cunning dwarf, futilely tries to seduce the Rhinemaidens. Angered by their scorn, he steals the precious metal and retreats to the underworld, commanding his slaves to begin molding his means to world domination.
Meanwhile, Wotan, the king of the gods, must repay the giants Fasolt and Fafner for their construction of Valhalla, an opulent new fortress for his fellow immortals, among them his long-suffering wife Fricka. Working with the fire spirit Loge and Alberich’s sly brother Mime, Wotan conspires to seize the ring and settle his debt. But beware the dwarf’s curse: if the ring is taken from him, jealousy, despair, and even death will befall all who possess it.
In German with projected English titles.