Richard Wagner

A Rajna kincse

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Opera in one act, in German with Hungarian and English surtitles

The first part of Wagner's tetralogy is a prologue depicting the 'original sin' committed when the dwarf Alberich renounces love to be able to forge from the stolen Rhine gold a ring that gives him infinite power. Wotan, king of the gods, resolves to take it from him. But what will come of this disruption of the natural order that violates every written and unwritten law?

The Hungarian State Opera has enlisted Béla Balázs Prize-winning animated film director Géza M. Tóth for the mammoth artistic undertaking that commences in the spring of 2015:
the re-conceptualisation of the entire Ring Cycle.

At the bottom of the River Rhine, three Rhinemaidens guard an invaluable treasure: the Rhinegold. Alberich, the Nibelung dwarf, is enchanted by the girls’ beauty, but after they mock him, his interest shifts to the glittering gold. The girls carelessly reveal the gold's secret: whoever forges it into a ring can use its power to rule the entire world. In order to do this, however, he must also renounce love forever. Alberich curses love and seizes the gold.

Wotan, ruler of the gods, finds himself being scolded by his wife,Fricka: earlier he had offered Fricka’s beautiful sister, Freia, to the two giants, Fasolt and Fafner, in exchange for building the gods’ castle. The castle is now ready, and the giants are ready to claim their fee. Loge, the god of fire and Wotan’s counsellor, suggests a different form of payment: the ring that Alberich has made from the Rhinegold and all the treasure that the ring's power has given him. The giants take Freia away in pledge, and in her absence, the gods must do without her golden apples, which they require in order to preserve their youth and strength.
In order to find and obtain the ring, Wotan and Loge set off toNibelheim, home of the Nibelungs, in the depths of the Earth. There they meet Mime, Alberich’s brother. Under Alberich's control, Mime, has crafted the Tarnhelm, a magical helmet which enables the wearer to take on any shape, and even to become invisible. He tells Wotan how Alberich has subjugated the Nibelungs, forcing them to serve him. Alberich arrives and mocks the gods. Loge cleverly asks him to show how the Tarnhelm works: Alberich first changes into a dragon, and then into a toad, whereupon the gods seize him. After being led up to the earth's surface from Nibelheim and forced to turn over his treasure to the gods, Alberich watches Wotan take the ring as well. Alberich curses it: its bearer can look forward to eternal woe and death!
The giants return for the gold. The gods are compelled to give them the Tarnhelm as well, but Wotan is unwilling to part with the ring. Erda, goddess of the Earth, appears and warns him that the ring will cause the downfall of the gods. Wotan reluctantly hands over the ring, and Alberich’s curse claims its first victim: Fafner kills his brother while arguing over the treasure.
While the Rhinemaidens lament the lost treasure, the gods enter their new home, Valhalla.

Details

Location
Opera House
Date
Nov. 7, 2015
Start time
19:00
End time
21:00

Cast

Conductor
Péter Halász
Wotan
Michele Kalmandy
Donner
Sándor Egri
Froh
Zoltán Nyári
Loge
István Kovácsházi
Alberich
Marcus Jupither
Mime
Zoltán Megyesi
Fasolt
Krisztián Cser
Fafner
Géza Gábor
Fricka
Ildikó Komlósi
Freia
Bori Keszei
Erda
Bernadett Fodor
Woglinde
Zita Váradi
Wellgunde
Krisztina Simon
Flosshilde
Melinda Heiter

Credits

Librettist
Richard Wagner
Director, visual concept
Géza M. Tóth
Costume designer
Ibolya Bárdosi
Costume designer
Ildi Tihanyi
Projected scenery
KEDD Animation Studio
Dramaturg, hungarian surtitles
Eszter Orbán
English surtitles
Arthur Roger Crane

Events

2015. November 04., Wed, 18:00
2015. November 07., Sat, 19:00
2015. November 11., Wed, 19:00
2015. November 13., Fri, 19:00
2015. November 15., Sun, 19:00

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