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Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Zagrosek, Staatsorchester Stuttgart [7 DVD]

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : Der Ring des Nibelungen
>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

As a special holiday offer, Euroarts presents the hugely successful Ring cycle from the Staatsoper Stuttgart in a box set. The prologue Rheingold and all three subsequent nights (Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung) of the "stage festival", as Wagner put it, will be cherished by Wagner enthusiasts and lovers of great theatre all over the world. "Four operas - four stage directors" was the artistic idea behind the 1999/2000 cycle in Stuttgart. Their focus on the individual operas of "Der Ring des Nibelungen" rather than the cycle enabled the stage directors - handpicked by the successful Stuttgart Opera team surrounding Artistic Director Klaus Zehelein - to express their individual insights into the well-known drama of Siegfried and Wotan. Audiences, Wagnerians, and music critics alike were all enthusiastic about the result.

"At a time when most are struggling to find something new to say about Wagner, Zehelein shattered convention by allocating the four operas to four different production teams. The results are astonishing as much for the unexpected harmony of the different approaches as for the strength of their diverse insights. Thus deconstructed, Wagner is less totalitarian, more dramatic. The Ring finally looks politically and psychologically modern again." -Financial Times

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 901 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish



Reviews

A Surprisingly Coherent Ring Cycle
The first ever Ring Cycle with different directors in charge of the individual operas. The results are surprisingly coherent, and all are in the European regietheater tradition. Musically impressive, although the multiple casting means you are always comparing one Brunhilde against another: http://www.classical-cd-reviews.com/2010/11/stuttgart-ring-lothar-zagrosek.html
Submitted on 11/20/10 by Gavin Dixon 
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Works Details

>Wagner, Richard : Der Ring des Nibelungen
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold
  • Performers: Maria Ullrich (Soprano); Catriona Smith (Soprano); Esa Ruuttunen (Baritone); Wolfgang Probst (Bass-Baritone); Robert Kunzli (Tenor); Phillip Ens (Bass); Roland Bracht (Bass-Baritone)
  • Conductor: Lothar Zagrosek
  • Ensemble: Stuttgart State Opera Chorus
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853-1854

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
  • Performers: Eva-Maria Westbroek (Soprano); Tichina Vaughn (Mezzo Soprano); Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Bass-Baritone); Attila Jun (Bass); Robert Gambill (Tenor); Angela Denoke (Soprano); Renate Behle (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Lothar Zagrosek
  • Ensemble: Stuttgart State Opera Chorus
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
  • Performers: Jon West (Tenor); Bjorn Waag (Baritone); Wolfgang Schöne (Bass-Baritone); Helene Ranada (Contralto); Attila Jun (Bass); Gabriela Herrera (Soprano); Lisa Gasteen (Soprano); Heinz Göhrig (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Lothar Zagrosek
  • Ensemble: Stuttgart State Opera Chorus
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1871

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
  • Performers: Eva-Maria Westbroek (Soprano); Tichina Vaughn (Mezzo Soprano); Lani Poulson (Mezzo Soprano); Sue Patchell (Soprano); Franz Kapellmann (Baritone); Hernan Iturralde (Baritone); Helga Indridadóttir (Soprano); Luana DeVol (Soprano); Janet Collins (Soprano); Janet Collins (Mezzo Soprano); Sarah Castle (Soprano); Roland Bracht (Bass); Albert Bonnema (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Lothar Zagrosek
  • Ensemble: Stuttgart State Opera Chorus
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1861-1874