Das Rheingold (Richard Wagner)

The Ring of the Nibelung, „Vorabend“

Music Drama in 4 Scenes
Live at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar
A production of Monarda Arts/RM Arts in collaboration with Zoom Production


Outside Germany, the name Weimar tends to evoke mixed feelings and pictures of German history of the last hundred years. Within Germany, Weimar means a town in the state of Thuringia arguably saturated with the “Deutsche Kultur” of the “Weimarer Klassik”, the legendary Bauhaus, and finally the life and work of Franz Liszt and his son in law Richard Wagner. In Weimar Richard Wagner began composing the first part of his RING-cycle, “Das Rheingold”. In 2008 the Nationaltheater Weimar started a new production of this unique tetralogy. The conductor is Carl St.Clair, a former student of Leonard Bernstein. With Michael Schulz’ fine and highly intelligent staging this new “Ring” production becomes an outstanding document of contemporary opera theatre.


Available at Arthaus Musik (DVD and Blu ray)



Producer: Torsten Bönnhoff, Erwin Stürzer
Executive Producer: Rainer Mockert
Directed for Screen by: Brooks Riley
Cameras: Sylvia Laubscher, Silvia Hoffmann, Neil Coffey, Michi Plötz, Christian Hartmann, Richard Ruck, Atul Jain, Alex Telar
Sound: Leonardo Ruschin, Walter Spring
Editor: Brooks Riley
Postproduction: Digital Images GmbH
Language: German
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
Running Time: 166 min
Picture Format: 16:9
Year of production: 2009


Creative Team


Composer: Richard Wagner
Libretto: Richard Wagner
Conductor: Carl St.Clair
Director: Michael Schulz
Set Design: Dirk Becker
Costume Design: Renée Listerdal
Dramaturgy: Wolfgang Willaschek
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Weimar

Fasolt: Renatus Mészár
Fafner: Hidekazu Tsumaya
Fricka: Christine Hansmann
Woglinde: Silona Michel