classical music, opera, theatre

Wagner: Götterdämmerung

Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest

We regret to inform you that, due to illness, Iréne Theorin will be unable to perform in "Götterdämmerung" on 12 June, Catherine Foster is replacing her.

Thank you for your understanding!

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In spite of the destruction of the world that is about to ensue, the notes ringing out from the orchestra pit at the very end of the final music drama in the Ring of the Nibelung are ones of hope, for the end holds forth the possibility of a new beginning. This is because the final sounds come from the strings playing the broad lyrical notes of the transfigurative Redemption motif. There can hardly be imagined in our time a work that conveys a more important message to humanity, as it debates the possible fate of the earth, about threats to the natural environment than Götterdämmerung does. Perhaps there is still time for us to return the ring to the Rhinemaidens.

It was a telling artistic decision on Wagner's part to have Wotan, the central figure in the story and the mover behind every development in the plot, absent from the final piece in the tetralogy. We only hear about him indirectly from Waltraute. Or is Wotan perhaps not the most important character after all, and that distinction should go instead to the disgraced and banished Valkyrie Brünnhilde? In a moral sense, she surely is. Wotan is a fallible god who violates the treaties inscribed in runes on his spear: sacred contracts over which he himself is the custodian. The pure, noble and courageous Brünnhilde, on the other hand, is a living memento of the command "Be worthy". When she leaps onto Siegfried's funeral pyre with her steed, Grane, this is not death but rather the ecstasy of a final reunification. After having portrayed Siegfried as invulnerable, the marvellous German heldentenor Stefan Vinke will now present him as being vulnerable, and the role of Brünnhilde will be played by Catherine Foster. With his dark vocal cords, German singer Albert Dohmen will bring a granite-hard character to his portrayal of Hagen. The international production also features many outstanding Hungarians in the cast, for example, with Károly Szemerédy taking the Müpa Budapest stage as Gunther and Polina Pasztircsák as Gutrune and Third Norn.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest
  • Ádám Fischer
  • Siegfried
    Stefan Vinke
  • Gunther
    Károly Szemerédy
  • Hagen
    Albert Dohmen
  • Alberich
    Jochen Schmeckenbecher
  • Brünnhilde
    Catherine Foster
  • Gutrune
    Polina Pasztircsák
  • Waltraute
    Petra Lang
  • First Norn
    Anna Csenge Fürjes
  • Second Norn
    Judit Németh
  • Third Norn
    Polina Pasztircsák
  • Woglinde
    Orsolya Sáfár
  • Wellgunde
    Gabriella Fodor
  • Flosshilde
    Zsófia Kálnay
  • dancers
    Dóra Asztalos
    Zoltán Csere
    Gusztáv Eller
    János Feledi
    Laura Fehér
    Anna Gulyás
    Zoltán Katonka
    Krisztián Kelemen
    Brigitta Tóth
    Milán Újvári
    Gábor Vida
    Vencel Vida
  • child dancer
    Milos Katonka (12.06.), Vencel Vida (19.06.)
  • Hungarian Radio Choir (choirmaster: Zoltán Pad)
  • Budapest Studio Choir (choirmaster: Kálmán Strausz)
  • 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
    Brigitta Kovács
    Siegmund Weinmeister

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