Das Rheingold

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Unique in the history of opera, The Ring of the Nibelung is the colossal tetralogy Richard Wagner worked on for thirty years. First performed in 1869, the Prologue The Rhinegold unveils from its first telluric chord a world riddled with existential questions. Who will obtain the power of the ring forged from the gold of the Rhine? The gods, the giants or the Nibelungen?

Borrowing from Norse and Germanic mythology, Wagner conceived an extraordinary cycle that reflected his innovative ambition: to create a total work of art inspired by ancient tragedy. As well as revolutionising the art of opera, he also devised theatrical material open to multiple interpretations.

Director Calixto Bieito places The Rhinegold in a context dominated by digital virtuality and questions the impact of technology and science on human beings.

Program and cast

Prologue in four scenes to "Der Ring des Nibelungen" (1869)


Creative team

Richard Wagner - Music

Richard Wagner - Libretto

Pablo Heras-Casado - Conductor

Calixto Bieito - Director

Rebecca Ringst - Set design

Ingo Krügler - Costume design

Michael Bauer - Lighting design

Sarah Derendinger - Video

Bettina Auer - Dramaturgy



Ludovic Tézier - Wotan

Florent Mbia - Donner

Matthew Cairns - Froh

Simon O'Neill - Loge

Kwangchul Youn - Fasolt

Mika Kares - Fafner

Brian Mulligan - Alberich

Gerhard Siegel - Mime

Eve-Maud Hubeaux - Fricka

Eliza Boom - Freia

Marie-Nicole Lemieux - Erda

Margarita Polonskaya - Woglinde

Isabel Signoret - Wellgunde

Katharina Magiera - Flosshilde


The Paris Opera Orchestra

Duration : 2h30 no interval

Language : German

Surtitle : French / English

Paris Opera Bastille

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Opéra Bastille

A great modern theatre

The Opéra Bastille is the work of the Canadian-Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott, who was chosen in November 1983 after an international competition that attracted entries from some 1,700 architects. The theatre was inaugurated on July 13th 1989.
Its architecture is marked by transparent façades and by the use of identical materials for both the interiors and the exteriors.
With its 2,700 acoustically consistent seats, its unique stage facilities, its integrated scenery, costume and accessory workshops, as well as its numerous work areas and rehearsal rooms, the Opera Bastille is a great modern theatre.
Stage facilities

Orchestra pit, mobile and adjustable, can be covered; at its largest it can house 130 musicians
Main stage, 45 m high, 30 m wide, 25 m deep, made up of 9 elevators allowing several levels to be created and supported by three main elevators, which bring scenery up from below stage
Clearing zones, 4 storage areas with the same dimensions as the stage
Backstage area, with its scenery turntable
Circulation area, scenery temporarily stored between the stage, workshops and rehearsal stage
Rehearsal stage, the Salle Gounod, with its orchestra pit and dimensions identical to those of the main stage


The building

Area at ground level: 22,000 m²
Floor area: 160,000 m²
Total height: 80 m (including 30 m below street level)


The auditoriums
The main auditorium

Area: 1,200 m², 5% of the total for the building
Dimensions: 20 m high, 32 m deep, 40 m wide
Number of seats: 2,703
Materials: blue granite from Lannelin in Brittany, pearwood from China, glass ceiling


The amphitheatre

Area: 700 m²
Depth : 21.4 m
Number of seats : 450
Materials: white breccia marble from Verona, staff ceiling


The Studio

Area: 280 m²
Depth: 19,5 m
Number of seats: 237
Materials: white breccia marble from Verona and pearwood


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