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

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

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

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