The latest Wagner Ring has one director for each act

The latest Wagner Ring has one director for each act


norman lebrecht

March 21, 2022

Stuttgart Opera has reached Walküre. It is desperate to be different from all the other Rings.

Here’s the line:

The Staatsoper Stuttgart continues its new production of Richard Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung with the premiere of Die Walküre on April 10, 2022. In keeping with the concept of a multi-perspective Ring, three different directing teams will each bring one act to the stage: the Dutch theatre collective Hotel Modern (1. Act), light designer Urs Schönebaum (2. Act) and visual artist Ulla von Brandenburg (3. Act). Okka von der Damerau makes her debut as Brünnhilde and Brian Mulligan debuts as Wotan. Simone Schneider and Michael König embody the Wälsungen couple Siegmund/Sieglinde and Goran Jurić is Hunding. The musical direction of the entire Stuttgart Ring des Nibelungen is taken on by General Music Director Cornelius Meister.

The new production aims to highlight the complexity of the “Gesamtkunstwerk” Der Ring des Nibelungen by emphasizing its individual acts. The human world of the dramatic events surrounding Siegmund and Sieglinde in the first act is staged by the Dutch theatre collective Hotel Modern as a live animation film. The collective works with figures in miniature landscapes which are then projected live onto a large screen, thus making the inner world of the characters visible, who are embodied by the singers acting in front. The second act is created by light designer Urs Schönebaum: In the dialogue between light and stage space, Wotan’s entanglement between Fricka and Brünnhilde, the striving for power and individual freedom, and the final failure of Wotan’s plans are thus vividly told. In the third act, Ulla von Brandenburg stages Wotan’s inner drama as a “tableau vivant” as an interaction of colours, shapes and changing axes.


  • M McAlpine says:

    As it doesn’t make sense anyway as a work then this is quite consistent.

  • Norabide Guziak says:

    They did this years ago. Nothing new, here.

  • Paul Dawson says:

    Why not take it further: 3 different Sieglindes etc? A none-too-frequent instance of being in agreement with NL. This does smack of despair.

  • Player says:

    I love the idea of ‘changing axes’ in Walküre… but isn’t Hunding dead by Act 3?

    I fear that in the quest for novelty they may be disappearing up their own fundaments.

  • Novagerio says:

    Each opera is one thing – as they already did 20+years ago. But each act? What a waste of money. I pity the tax payer.

  • Alviano says:

    My reaction is “oh dear,” but why not go see it before we pass judgement?

  • Leonardo says:

    Sarebbe bello anche ascoltare una recita in forma di concerto,per non essere distratti da quanto a volte di orribile succede sulla scena

  • Herby Neubacher says:

    Ich bin gespannt wenn der Ring einem Kindergarten oder einem Mental Institute übergeben wird. Übergeben ist dabei der unterstrichene Begriff. Wagner würde kotzen

  • Herby Neubacher says:

    Schickt noch ein paar Perverse in Ketten und Rattengesichter über Bühne und einmal muss Adolf Hitler grinsend und grüßend mit ein paar Holocaust Opfern über die Bühne stolzieren. Ich habe so das Gefühl ich bin langsam reif für eine eigene moderne Ring Inszenierung. Werden noch Angebote für einen Akt Siegfried angenommen?

  • MMcGrath says:

    Ah. The Ring in German-speaking areas has been raped and pillaged by pseudo-intellectuals and sensation-seeking house mgmt at tax payer expense for decades. So this is next. Another case for buying limited-view seats. Oh, and what about audience-participation Regie workshops as a new idea for crap productions?

    All I really want is an engrossing story in a Regie (old or new, modern or conventional) that makes sense and doesn’t take me for a fool.

    Arising: Fond memories of the conciseness and effectiveness- not to mention the musicality – of productions in Stuttgart and Bayreuth (Wieland Wagner) and Munich (Rennert) and yes, the naturalistic version at the Met (Schenk?/Schneider-Siemssen) under Levine. Also: Nemirova in Frankfurt.