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Total duration 5 h
2 intermissions (30 min)
10 performances
29.1.2021 – 20.2.2021
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
35-139 €
Performed in German
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English

RING returns in August 2022

As the development of the coronavirus situation was uncertain, the Finnish National Opera and Ballet decided to postpone performances of all the remaining productions in the RING cycle. The premiere of Die Walküre has now been scheduled for August 2022. The production of Siegfried has been postponed from May 2021. The timetable for the remaining productions is being considered at this time.

The timetable changes have resulted in conductor replacements. Hannu Lintu will take over the future RING productions, conducting all the three remaining operas: Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung.

An opera about the beginning of heroism

Ring

Part two of the Ring saga

Wotan is making Valhalla stronger, fathering Valkyrie daughters who gather the greatest war heroes to protect Valhalla. In a battle against the ruthless Hunding, Wotan swears an oath that he will sacrifice his son Sigmund to safeguard the order of the gods.

The growing passion between Sigmund and Sieglinde tempers the chaos of conflict and war with nuances of great love. The story of the lovers gives rise to Siegfried, Part III of the Ring cycle.

Recommended for children over the age of 12. 

Performances & Tickets

5 h
2 intermissions (30 min)
10 performances
29.1.2021 – 20.2.2021
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
35-139 €
Performed in German
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English
Fri 29.1.2021
at 17:00
Mon 1.2.2021
at 17:00
Wed 3.2.2021
at 17:00
Fri 5.2.2021
at 17:00
Tue 9.2.2021
at 17:00
Thu 11.2.2021
at 17:00
Sat 13.2.2021
at 15:00
Tue 16.2.2021
at 17:00
Thu 18.2.2021
at 17:00
Sat 20.2.2021
at 15:00

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Ring

The new Finnish Ring

Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelungs), also called the Ring cycle, is an opera tetralogy composed by Richard Wagner. Ever since this extraordinary work saw its world premiere in Bayreuth in 1876, it’s been counted among the greatest artistic achievements of Western culture. The Ring is based on ancient German and Nordic tales. The four operas are set in a mythical world, but their themes are equally pertinent in the modern day.

Creative team

MUSIC
Richard Wagner
CONDUCTOR
DIRECTOR
Anna Kelo
SETS, LIGHTING DESIGN, VIDEO DESIGN
Mikki Kunttu
COSTUMES
Erika Turunen

Synopsis

A strange man seeks shelter at the house of the warrior Hunding. The stranger tells Hundig’s wife Sieglinde that he does not know his name, but remembers that his sister was abducted and that he is being hunted. Sieglinde is attracted to the stranger and gives Hunding a sleeping potion to stop him from confronting the fugitive. Sieglinde explains that at their wedding feast, a mysterious one-eyed Wanderer plunged a sword into a tree in the centre of the room. She watches as the stranger pulls the sword free, confirming her suspicions that he must be Siegmund, her brother. It is revealed that
both Sieglinde and Siegmund were fathered by Wotan, who came to Earth disguised as the Wanderer.

Wotan’s daughter, the goddess Brünnhilde, pleads with Wotan to protect Siegmund, but Wotan’s wife Fricka demands justice for Hunding. Wotan is forced to sacrifice his mortal son Siegmund. As Hundig and Siegmund do battle, Wotan intervenes and breaks Siegmund’s sword with his spear. Hunding then kills him. Brünnhilde gathers the remains of the sword and takes flight with Sieglinde, who is pregnant with Siegmund’s child. Brünnhilde and Sieglinde arrive at the assembly of the Valkyrie, the goddess daughters of Wotan charged with gathering the souls of fallen heroes for the Valhalla army. The Valkyrie dare not defy Wotan and Sieglinde is forced to flee with the remains of the sword. Wotan punishes Brünnhilde for protecting Siegmund by trapping her on a mountain top, encircled in a magic flame.

A full synopsis and background information are available in the programme booklet.

Watch the first part of the Ring saga

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