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Richard Wagner

Götterdämmerung

Duration
5 h 30 min, incl. 2 intervals (30 min)
When
17.5.2024 – 4.6.2024
Where
Main Stage
Genre
Opera
Price range
35–145 €
Language
German. Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English
Age recommendation
12+
Good to know
There are scenes in the performance including flashing lights

Are you ready to face the end?

The curse that has plagued gods and humans will finally be lifted when the Rhinemaidens reclaim the coveted Ring.

Götterdämmerung, the final part of Wagner’s epic tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen, takes place in a futuristic dystopia. The story weaves together the characters and plotlines of the three previous parts – Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, and Siegfried. Götterdämmerung is renowned for its orchestral interludes, and the recurring leitmotifs throughout the series add to the narrative quality of the music.

“Traditionally, the Ring is a story about love, revenge, power and greed. Behind this epic narrative, however, there are even greater themes: questions and answers about mythology, faith and consciousness.”

– director anna kelo

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synopsis

Earth mother Edra’s daughters, the Norns, use the rope they weave to see into the past. When they attempt to look into the future, the rope breaks. Siegfried and Brünnhilde are happy together, but Siegfried already yearns for new adventures. Brünnhilde reminds him of their mission to free the world. Before setting off on his horse to follow the Rhein, Siegfried gives Brünnhilde the ring as a token of his love.

Alberich’s son Hagen is hungry for the power granted by the ring. He instructs his brother Gunther, the ruler of the Gibichung kingdom, and his half-sister Gutrune to marry Brünnhilde and Siegfried. Upon hearing Siegfried’s horn from the river, Hagen calls him to the Gibichungs’ castle.

At the castle, Siegfried is offered a magic potion, which makes him forget Brünnhilde and fall in love with Gutrune. He resolves to use the Tarnhelm to take Gunther’s form and propose to Brünnhilde. Siegfried and Gunther swear an oath of brotherhood.

Waltraute tells her sister Brünnhilde about the desperate plight of the gods. Wotan is inert and lost in his thoughts. He has ordered the world ash tree to be felled and its wood piled in layers around Valhalla. The curse upon the gods and humans will endure until the ring is returned to the Rheinmaidens. Brünnhilde, however, does not want to part with her token of love from Siegfried.

The flames herald Siegfried’s arrival to Brünnhilde, but the man who emerges is a stranger to her. The magical Tarnhelm has transformed Siegfried into Gunther. He breaks Brünnhilde’s resistance and seizes the ring. 

Only half-awake, Hagen perceives the figure of his father Alberich, who wants Hagen to reclaim the ring for the Nibelungs. Hagen desires the ring solely for himself.

Siegfried returns from his quest to seize Brünnhilde. As he announces the arrival of Gunther and Brünnhilde, Hagen summons the Gibichungs’ retinue to receive them. Dragged to the Gibichungs’ castle, Brünnhilde realises that Siegfried has forgotten his love for her. She understands that not only would she be forced into marriage, but that Siegfried would also be marrying Gutrune. The ring on Siegfried’s finger proves to Brünnhilde that he was indeed the one who attacked her during the night.

With Siegfried and Gutrune’s wedding preparations underway, Brünnhilde gets involved in Hagen and Gunther’s conspiracy. Together, they plot a hunting accident to usurp Siegfried.

During a hunting trip, Siegfried encounters the Rheinmaidens, who ask him to return the ring. Siegfried refuses, and the Rheinmaidens predict the impending death of the ringbearer.

As Siegfried tells stories of his youth, Hagen gives back his memories with another magic potion. Siegfried remembers Brünnhilde once again. Hagen accuses Siegfried of deceit and strikes him to death.

In his fight for the ring, Hagen also kills Gunther. Brünnhilde intervenes to prevent the impending bloodshed. Following an ancient custom, she has Siegfried’s body burned on a pyre. Brünnhilde joins him in the flames. The fire engulfs the Gibichungs’ castle and spreads to Valhalla, where it destroys the gods and their home. The Rheinmaidens retrieve the ring, and Hagen meets his death as he rushes to recover it. Valhalla and its gods have been consumed by flames.

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creative team

Music
Richard Wagner
Libretto
Richard Wagner
Conductor
Hannu Lintu
Director
Anna Kelo
Sets
Mikki Kunttu
Costumes
Erika Turunen
Lighting design, Video design
Mikki Kunttu

cast

Siegfried
Daniel Brenna
Gunther
Tuomas Pursio
Alberich
Jukka Rasilainen
Brünnhilde
Johanna Rusanen
Gutrune
Reetta Haavisto
Waltraute
Tuija Knihtilä
1st norn
Noa Beinart
2nd norn
Jenny Carlstedt
2nd norn
Niina Keitel
3rd norn
Sonja Herranen
Wellgunde
Mari Palo
Flosshilde
Jeni Packalen

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