Berlin
Rheingold Gold, by R. Wagner  
From 21 May to 27 May 2024
Price

From €3,250 per person

Berlin has a fascinating history. You can admire the mythical bust of Nefertiti at the Neues Museum or the archaeological wonders of Pergamon. With its richly ornate interiors, Charlottenburg Palace is a Baroque splendour, as is the Brandenburg Gate, erected at the end of the eighteenth century, which opens the Unter den Linden avenue. There are also so many places to visit for those who are passionate about the twentieth century: the Reichstag, the underground of the city or the remains of the Berlin Wall…

 

We invite you to a truly exceptional stay. The Deutsche Oper presents Wagner’s Ring Cycle in four consecutive evenings: Rheingoldgold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Twilight of the Gods. This exciting experience, which must be done at least once in a lifetime, is offered in Stefan Herheim’s remarkable staging. The Berlin Opera has a long Wagnerian reputation under the baton of its director Donald Runnicles. In the manner of a “winter Bayreuth”, the singers gathered here (Derek Walton, Ricarda Merbeth, Clay Hilley…) are major interpreters of the German composer. What an experience! Wagner’s masterpiece performed in ideal conditions!

 

Winner of several international awards, Norwegian Stefan Herheim is one of today’s most important directors: in his work, he brilliantly mixes historical events with biographical elements from the lives of composers.  An eternal traveller, the German composer lived in exile for a long time and found only in music (the Bayreuth Theatre being the most eloquent example) a permanent home. Based on this metaphor, which he extends to the current geopolitical situation, Herheim paints a stunningly rich picture: over the course of the four evenings, a community emerges, which will occupy, right down to the foyer, the entire space of the Deutsche Oper.

 

Director of the Berlin institution since 2007, conductor Donald Runnicles promises a musical reading that is as ardent as it is committed. Long live Wagner’s music!

The program
Rheingold Gold, by R. Wagner        
May 21, 2024
Die Walküre, by R. Wagner
May 22, 2024
Twilight Of The Gods, By R. Wagner
May 26, 2024
TUESDAY, MAY 21 - BERLIN

At 7:30 p.m., at the Deutsche Oper Berlin:

 

RHEINGOLD, by R. Wagner

 

Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra

Sir Donald Runnicles: Conductor

Stefan Herheim: Director

Silke Bauer: Set Designer

Uta Heiseke: Costumes

Torge Møller: Video

Ulrich Niepel: Lighting

Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach & Jörg Königsdorf: Dramaturgy

 

Iain Paterson: Wotan

Thomas Lehman: Donner

Attilio Glaser: Froh

Thomas Blondelle: Loge

Jordan Shanahan: Alberich

Ya-Chung Huang: Mime

Albert Pesendorfer: Fasolt

Tobias Kehrer: Fafner

Annika Schlicht: Fricka

Flurina Stucki: Freia

Lauren Decker: Erda

Sua Jo: Woglinde

Irene Roberts: Wellgunde

Karis Tucker: Flosshilde

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 - BERLIN

At 5:00 p.m., at the Deutsche Oper Berlin:

 

DIE WALKÜRE, by R. Wagner

 

Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra

Sir Donald Runnicles: Conductor

Stefan Herheim: Director

Silke Bauer: Set Designer

Uta Heiseke: Costumes

William Duke & Dan Trenchard: Video

Ulrich Niepel: Lighting

Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach & Jörg Königsdorf: Dramaturgy

 

Michael König: Siegmund

Tobias Kehrer: Hunding

Derek Welton: Wotan

Elisabeth Teige: Sieglinde

Annika Schlicht: Fricka

Ricarda Merbeth: Brünnhilde

Flurina Stucki: Helmwige

Felicia Moore: Gerhilde

Maria Motolygina: Ortlinde

Irene Roberts: Waltraute

Arianna Manganello: Siegrune

Karis Tucker: Roßweiße

Nicole Piccolomini: Grimgerde

Lauren Decker: Schwertleite

Eric Naumann: Hundingling

 

Rhinegold and Die Walküre are the only operas of the Ring to have been premiered before the opening of the Bayreuth Festival in 1876. If Rheingold Gold is only a “prologue” strictly speaking, Wagner’s writing evolves in this first part: we leave the strict world of the Gods to enter the universe of men. Here, tragic and incestuous love shakes up passions.

 

It is perhaps in Die Walküre that we find the most beautiful vocal cast of this Berlin Ring: Michael König, Tobias Kehrer, Derek Walton, Elisabeth Teige, Ricarda Merbeth… All of them are immense Wagnerian singers, seasoned with the extreme demands of the score.

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MAY 24 - Berlin

At 4:00 p.m., at the Deutsche Oper Berlin:

 

SIEGFRIED, by R. Wagner

 

Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra

Sir Donald Runnicles: Conductor

Stefan Herheim: Director

Silke Bauer: Set Designer

Uta Heiseke: Costumes

Torge Møller: Video

Ulrich Niepel: Lighting

Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach & Jörg Königsdorf: Dramaturgy

 

Clay Hilley: Siegfried

Ya-Chung Huang: Mime

Iain Paterson: Wotan

Jordan Shanahan: Alberich

Tobias Kehrer: Fafner

Lindsay Ammann: Erda

Elisabeth Teige: Brünnhilde

Soloists of the Boys’ Choir of the Chorakademie

Dortmund: The Bird of the Woods

 

Siegfried’s genesis was extremely complex. The composition began in 1856, but following difficulties in his personal life (in the meantime he had written Tristan und Isolde), Wagner allowed seven years to pass to complete the opera. The evolution of the musical language is considerable: the libretto multiplies intimate scenes with two characters, carried by the flow of an orchestra of cosmic dimensions.

 

Siegfried premiered on 16 August 1876, during the very first Bayreuth Festival. Among the main roles, we find of course Clay Hilley‘s Siegfried and Elisabeth Teige‘s Brünnhilde.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 26 - BERLIN

At 4:00 p.m., at the Deutsche Oper Berlin:

 

TWILIGHT OF THE GODS, by R. Wagner

 

Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra

Choir of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Sir Donald Runnicles: Conductor

Stefan Herheim: Director

Silke Bauer: Set Designer

Uta Heiseke: Costumes

Torge Møller: Video

Ulrich Niepel: Lighting

Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach & Jörg Königsdor: Dramaturgy

Jereùy Bines: Conductor

 

Clay Hilley: Siegfried

Thomas Lehman: Gunther

Jordan Shanahan: Alberich

Albert Pesendorfer: Hagen

Ricarda Merbeth: Brünnhilde

Felicia Moore: Gutrune

Annika Schlicht: Waltraute

Lindsay Ammann: 1st Norn

Karis Tucker: 2nd Norn

Felicia Moore: 3rd Norn

Sua Jo: Woglinde

Karis Tucker: Wellgunde

Lindsay Ammann: Floßhilde

 

 

The culmination of The Ring Twilight, Twilight of the Gods had at least three different endings. Wagner seems to have hesitated as to the philosophical meaning to be given to the conclusion of his Ring, depending on whether it was an extension of a Buddhist or Schöpenhauerian philosophy. Premiered on August 17, 1876, Twilight of the Gods shows all the means seen and heard in the three previous installments at their peaks. There is no doubt that the team formed by conductor Donald Runnicles and director Stefan Herheim deploys a form of dramatic and musical accomplishment in this latest opus. Among the singers of this final day, we find Clay Hilley (Siegfried), Ricarda Merbeth (Brünnhilde), Annika Schlicht (Waltraute), Jordan Shanahan (Alberich)…

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOUR ACCOMODATION
REGENT BERLIN (*****)

Just a short walk from the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and the beautiful Gendarmenmarkt, the Regent Berlin is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful hotels in the city. Antiques, objets d’art, sumptuous furniture give it a classic elegance.

PRICES
PRICE PER PERSON

Classic double room package: €3,250

Classic double room package for single use: €4,520

 

Premium Double Room Package: €3,370

Premium double room package for single use: €4,850

 

Individual stay.

Transport and airport transfers on request.

 

The price of this trip includes: accommodation in a double room with breakfast for 6 nights • tourist tax • 4 tickets for the show in the first category • repatriation assistance.

 

The price of this trip does not include: extras • transportation • airport transfers.

 

Program and prices are subject to change by the Deutsche Oper Berlin, or by government decision, due to possible health constraints.

 

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Pauline Heckly
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+33 7 49 77 39 65
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