With 2019 bringing Das Ring des Nibelungen back to the Budapest Wagner Days, afficionados of the tetralogy are eagerly looking forward to the performances, and curious to discover what will remain the same and what will change. One thing is certain: This thrillingly original production of Wagner's Ring has become one of the hallmarks of Müpa Budapest in recent years.The final music drama to round out The Ring of the Nibelung sees fate fulfilled and the curse striking the owner of the ring. The naive young hero proves defenceless against intrigue and trickery. The tragedy of the fate of Brünnhilde, betrayed by Siegfried while under the influence of a potion that erases his memory, is that she herself, against her will, becomes party to his devious murder. The all-consuming fire at the end of Götterdämmerung surpasses itself as a symbol, since it is not only Siegfried and Brünnhilde who die, but the entire old order, and world of the gods, are finally destroyed. The ring, however, is freed from the curse, making it possible for a new and purer world to emerge from the ashes of the old.
"Conducting the Ring in Bayreuth never exhaust me, and the Budapest Wagner Days performances don't exhaust me either,” said Ádám Fischer about his work as a conductor at the festival. "Of course, it's not primarily the extent of the physical efforts that poses a risk, but rather getting tuned in psychologically and the need to be constantly prepared. As if one were driving 140 kilometres per hour on the motorway: for minutes on end nothing happens, but then a situation comes up where you have to react correctly in a split second in order to prevent a catastrophe. This increased focus, however, results in much more intense empathy, with all of its beauty.”
A music drama in three acts (German-language performance, with projected surtitles in Hungarian).
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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