Das Rheingold

In the first chapter of the Ring, we meet the Rhinemaidens, guardians of magical gold that can be transformed into a ring that grants its owner unlimited power. When Alberich steals the gold, the struggle among the legendary characters begins, as Wotan, king of the gods, vies with him for supreme power. Immerse yourself in thrilling drama and music of vast proportions.

Das Rheingold

by Richard Wagner

Recording by EMI – Leiland, Küttenbach, Turner, Svendén, Schreibmayer, Tomlinson, cond. Barenboim. Courtesy Warner Classics.

"Lugt, Schwestern…Rheingold! Rheingold!”
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"Zur Burg führt die Brücke…Abendlich strahlt"
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Das Rheingold

by Richard Wagner

Commentary by Sir Andrew Davis in collaboration with Jack Zimmerman
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Die Walküre

Die Walküre's riveting, devastating drama involves complex relationships between brother and sister, husband and wife, father and daughter. Every character is unforgettable—valiant Siegmund and Sieglinde, headstrong Brünnhilde and mighty, tortured Wotan, determined Fricka and vengeful Hunding. Wagner's music drama burns itself in our memories, exciting us with the emotional intensity of its lyrical outbursts and its incredible power and majesty.

Die Walküre's riveting, devastating drama involves complex relationships between brother and sister, husband and wife, father and daughter. Every character is unforgettable—valiant Siegmund and Sieglinde, headstrong Brünnhilde and mighty, tortured Wotan, determined Fricka and vengeful Hunding. Wagner's music drama burns itself in our memories, exciting us with the emotional intensity of its lyrical outbursts and its incredible power and majesty.

Die Walküre

Richard Wagner

EMI recording — Marton, Morris, Studer, cond. Haitink. Courtesy of Warner Classics.

“Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond”
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“Du bist der Lenz”
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“Ride of the Valkyries”
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Die Walküre

by Richard Wagner

commentary by Anthony Freud in collaboration with Nicholas Ivor Martin
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Siegfried

Siegfried is fearless. Follow him on his valiant, adventurous path through the opera. Watch as he vanquishes the dragon Fafner and gets the better of his own wickedly devious guardian, Mime. Will our hero heed the warnings of his wise grandfather, Wotan, disguised as the Wanderer? And what happens when he braves the magic fire, awakens the sleeping Brünnhilde, and is enraptured by love for the very first time? In this, the third opera of Wagner’s Ring cycle, the characters are extraordinary, and the music utterly exhilarating.

Siegfried

by Richard Wagner

"Heil dir, Sonne!"
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"Notung! Notung!"
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Siegfried

by Richard Wagner

commentary by Colin Ure
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Götterdämmerung

When it comes to musical and theatrical grandeur, the fourth of the Ring operas is in a class by itself. At the center of it all is heroic Brünnhilde, who experiences horrific betrayal, desperate revenge, and finally profound understanding and acceptance. As her emotional journey concludes in the overwhelming Immolation Scene, Wagner remarkably brings to life the end of the old world and the beginning of a new one. Nothing less will suffice for the climax of the Ring cycle, opera’s most stupendous and monumental achievement.

When it comes to musical and theatrical grandeur, the fourth of the Ring operas is in a class by itself. At the center of it all is heroic Brünnhilde, who experiences horrific betrayal, desperate revenge, and finally profound understanding and acceptance. As her emotional journey concludes in the overwhelming Immolation Scene, Wagner remarkably brings to life the end of the old world and the beginning of a new one. Nothing less will suffice for the climax of the Ring cycle, opera’s most stupendous and monumental achievement.

Götterdämmerung videos, audio excerpts, articles, and more coming soon.

Lyric Opera Ring Cycle 2020

Join us for an extraordinary story told over the journey of four operas. Together, they comprise Wagner's magnificent Ring cycle, one of the greatest musical achievements in Western culture and an immersive operatic adventure that every opera lover should experience.

RING Cycle 2016 — 2020

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