The Ring: Siegfried/Götterdämmerung

The Rin
g: Siegfried / Gö
tterdämmerung

by Richard Wagner and Friedrich Hebbel / directed by Antú Romero Nunes

In ‘Siegfried/Götterdämmerung,’ the Siegfried saga is the starting point of the story, alongside serious machinations that finally lead to catastrophe. Written in 1200 as part of the Nibelungenlied, the story of the almost invincible dragon slayer has long since found its way into popular culture. Richard Wagner and Friedrich Hebbel both knew the original work and adapted the saga in their own ways in their respective stage plays.

In his version, Antú Romero Nunes, who became an in-house director at Thalia Theater this season, not only tells the story of the downfall of the world of the Gods with Wagner, but also moves the story forward into the world of politics with Hebbel’s ‘Nibelungen.’  Here it is not just violence, betrayal, deceit, murder and vengeance that rules, rather above all it is the imperial pursuit of power and human vanity as a perfidious instrument of warfare. In the end it is not just the world of the Gods but also the world of politics that goes under. In his season project, Antú Romero Nunes tells the entire story of the Nibelungen saga over two theatrical evenings, in a great poetic arc from the world of the Gods to the present day.

Premiere 17th January 2015, Thalia Theater

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