classical music, opera, theatre

Das Rheingold

no interval
Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest

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With 2019 seeing the return of Der Ring des Nibelungen to the Budapest Wagner Days, fans of the tetralogy will once again get to see their favourite performers, but this time with completely transformed choreographies and stage action, as well as 16 hours of never-seen-before video footage projected on the set and backdrop. The work of the creative team for each production will be supported by the addition of a new dramaturg.

Constituting the Vorabend or ‘preliminary evening' of the cycle, Das Rheingold is full of bright colours, humour and irony, and is more fairy tale than myth. With great narrative gusto, Wagner presents the Fall: the craving for the treasure - and power - that has everyone in its thrall. Along, of course, with the story of Wotan's arrogant architectural folly: he is bent on having Valhalla and will pay any price for it... The society of gods clearly resembles the human world: everyone is just as petty and fallible as the people we encounter in our own lives.
One thing constant about the production is Ádám Fischer's perfectionism and the deep humanism of his conducting, as well as the rich imaginativeness of the core concept of Hartmut Schörghofer's production. There will be a change of personnel in the central role. Following James Rutherford's turn at the role in 2017, this year we welcome back the wonderful - and very versatile - Danish baritone Johan Reuter as Wotan. Two other important roles remain in the same safe hands as last time, with the outstanding Péter Kálmán as Alberich and Gerhard Siegel as Mime. Zsolt Haja (Donner), Atala Schöck (Fricka) and Lilla Horti (Freia) will also be familiar from the 2017 cast. For those who have never warmed to or really known Wagner, it would be sound advice to start with Das Rheingold as the work to ‘master' the composer - and to cultivate the urge to see and hear the other three works in the tetralogy.

A music drama in four scenes (Updated version of the renowned production, in German, with surtitles projected in Hungarian and German).

Presented by: Müpa Budapest


  • Adam Fischer
  • Wotan
    Johan Reuter
  • Donner
    Zsolt Haja
  • Froh
    Szabolcs Brickner
  • Loge
    Christian Franz
  • Alberich
    Péter Kálmán
  • Mime
    Gerhard Siegel
  • Fricka
    Atala Schöck
  • Freia
    Lilla Horti
  • Erda
    Erika Gál
  • Fafner
    Walter Fink
  • Fasolt
    Per Bach Nissen
  • Woglinde
    Eszter Wierdl
  • Wellgunde
    Gabriella Fodor
  • Flosshilde
    Zsófia Kálnay
  • dancers
    Dóra Asztalos, Zoltán Csere, Gusztáv Eller, Regő Farkas, Ádám Frigy, Nikoletta Gönczöl, Anna Gulyás, Brigitta Hortobágyi, István Horváth, Zoltán Katonka, Krisztián Kelemen, Milán Újvári, Gábor Vida, Vencel Vida
  • Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Set designer, director
    Hartmut Schörghofer
  • Dramaturg
    Christian Martin Fuchs †, Dr. Christian Baier
  • Costume and puppet designer
    Corinna Crome
  • head of lighting
    Máté Vajda
  • video
    Szupermodern Filmstúdió Budapest
  • First assistant director
    Etelka Polgár
  • Choreography
    Gábor Vida
  • Assistant to the choreographer
    Dóra Asztalos
  • Deputy conductor
    János Kovács
  • Musical assistants
    László Bartal
    Gábor Bartinai
    Dóra Bizják
    Friedrich Suckel

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