Wagner’s Complete Ring Cycle
Screening In Cinemas For the First Time in the Met’s Cutting-Edge New Production
Screenings of all four operas in Wagner’s epic begin June 30
On June 2, a new companion documentary, Wagner’s Dream, chronicles the challenges of making the Met’s landmark production
The Metropolitan Opera will present worldwide cinema screenings of Robert Lepage’s new production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, as well as Wagner’s Dream, a new documentary chronicling the creation of this ambitious new staging. In Australia, the series will begin on June 2 with a screening of the documentary, directed by award-winning filmmaker Susan Froemke, and continue on June 30 with Das Rheingold, the first opera in the cycle.
Wagner’s Dream A documentary by Susan Froemke Screenings: Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June Running time: 1 hour, 52 minutes Premiere The stakes could not be higher as visionary director Robert Lepage, some of the world’s greatest operatic artists, and the Metropolitan Opera tackle Wagner's Ring cycle. An intimate look at the enormous theatrical and musical challenges of staging opera’s most monumental work, the film chronicles the quest to fulfill Wagner's dream of a perfect Ring. More information, trailer and images
Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold) Conducted by James Levine Starring Wendy Bryn Harmer (Freia), Stephanie Blythe (Fricka), Patricia Bardon (Erda), Richard Croft (Loge), Gerhard Siegel (Mime), Bryn Terfel (Wotan), Eric Owens (Alberich), Franz-Josef Selig (Fasolt), Hans-Peter König (Fafner) Screenings: Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July Running time: 168 minutes; no intermission (Original captured live screenings: October 2010) In the first opera in the Ring cycle, the gods of Valhalla clash with underworld dwarves and brawny giants, with disastrous consequences. The evil Alberich steals gold from the Rhine and uses it to forge a ring of unimaginable power. Wotan, the king of the gods, uses magic to steal the Ring, but Alberich places a curse that guarantees misery for whoever wears it. Wotan’s unwillingness to part with the ring leads him to break a contract with the giants who have built the gods’ new castle in the sky, setting in motion a chain of events that will end in his own destruction.
Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) Conducted by James Levine Starring Deborah Voigt (Brünnhilde), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Sieglinde), Stephanie Blythe (Fricka), Jonas Kaufmann (Siegmund), Bryn Terfel (Wotan), Hans-Peter König (Hunding) Screenings: Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July Running time: 259 minutes, including 1 intermission (Original captured live screenings: June 2011) The mysterious hero Siegmund finds shelter in the strangely familiar arms of a lonely woman named Sieglinde. Their forbidden love leads Wotan’s daughter, the warrior maiden Brünnhilde, to defy morality and intervene on behalf of the hero. Brünnhilde’s transgression forces her father to choose between his love for his favorite daughter and his duty to his wife, the formidable goddess Fricka. Overcome with grief, Wotan takes away Brünnhilde’s godlike powers and puts her to sleep on a mountaintop, surrounded by a ring of magic fire that can only be crossed by the bravest of heroes.
Siegfried Conducted by Fabio Luisi Starring Deborah Voigt (Brünnhilde), Patricia Bardon (Erda), Jay Hunter Morris (Siegfried), Gerhard Siegel (Mime), Bryn Terfel (The Wanderer), Eric Owens (Alberich) Screenings: Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July Running time: 258 minutes, including one intermission (Original captured live screenings: December 2011) The young hero Siegfried grows up in the wilderness, raised by Alberich’s conniving brother Mime. He puts together the broken pieces of the sword Nothung, uses it to slay the fearsome dragon Fafner, and takes the Ring for himself. To fulfill his destiny, he must overcome one more opponent—Wotan, now disguised as the Wanderer, who knows the world of the gods is coming to an end—and cross through the magic fire to awaken his true love, Brünnhilde.
Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods) Conducted by Fabio Luisi Starring Deborah Voigt (Brünnhilde), Wendy Bryn Harmer (Gutrune), Waltraud Meier (Waltraute), Jay Hunter Morris (Siegfried), Iain Paterson (Gunther), Eric Owens (Alberich), Hans-Peter König (Hagen) Screenings: Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August Running time: 287 minutes, including one intermission (Original captured live screenings: March 2012) Siegfried and Brünnhilde’s love is torn apart by the curse of the Ring. A trio of scheming humans separates the two heroes in a desperate attempt to steal the Ring for themselves. Their villainous plan fails, but they succeed in murdering Siegfried. Heartbroken, Brünnhilde takes the Ring and leaps into the hero’s funeral pyre, causing a global cataclysm and the twilight of the gods.
Major funding for Wagner’s Dream provided by The Link Foundation.
The Met: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor, The Neubauer Family Foundation.
Global corporate sponsorship of The Met: Live in HD is provided by Bloomberg.
PARTICIPATING CINEMAS ACROSS AUSTRALIA VIC: Cinema Nova
NSW: Hayden Orpheum Cremorne, Dendy Opera Quays, Chauvel Cinema, Dendy Byron Bay, Odeon 5 Cinemas Orange, Griffith City Cinemas, Scotty's Cinema Centre, Forum Cinemas Tamworth (Wagner's Dream film only), Forum Cinemas Wagga Wagga (Wagner's Dream film only)
ACT: Dendy Canberra
QLD: Palace Centro, Dendy Portside, Noosa 5 Cinemas (Wagner's Dream film only)
SA: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas
WA: Luna Cinema Paradiso Northbridge
TAS: MONA - Museum of Old & New Art Hobart, CMAX Devonport (Wagner's Dream film only)