2022 – 2024
Only the best opera houses dare to tackle an epic work like Richard Wagner’s “Ring des Nibelungen” – a cycle comprising four imposing operas, which if heard as one piece would last over 16 hours.
Richard Wagner worked, with interruptions, from 1848 to 1874 – thus for almost 30 years – on this major work. He wrote the libretto during his 10-year period of residence in Zurich. On February 16, 1853, Wagner presented his work for the first time in a public reading held on four consecutive evenings at the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich.
The tetralogy, “Das Rheingold”, “Die Walküre”, “Siegfried”, and “Götterdämmerung”, are based on the medieval Nibelungen legend, which Wagner enriched by fusing elements from myths and folk tales with characters from the Old Norse Edda collective of literary works. To this was added an infinite melody and a musical leitmotif that was unknown at the time. Today, Wagner’s work serves as a model for movie music, especially in the sphere of fantasy and science fiction.
Wagnerians can see and hear the complete Ring cycle in Zurich over 8 days during the 23/24 season.
The premieres of the four individual parts will be performed starting in April 2022 through to fall 2023:
- Das Rheingold, April 30, 2022
- Die Walküre, September 18, 2022
- Siegfried, March 5, 2023
- Götterdämmerung, November 5, 2023
Dates and Tickets
Zurich Opera House
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