- Loriots “Ring an einem Abend” narrated by Axel Bulthaupt
- Gewandhausorchester under the musical direction of Ulf Schirmer
- Cast including Daniela Köhler, Lise Lindstrom, Elisabet Strid, Iréne Theorin, Iain Paterson, Magnus Wigilius, Michael Weinius, and more
You have to choose between love and power. Summed up, that is the quintessential essence of Wagner’s monumental myth Der Ring des Nibelungen. “Nur wer der Liebe Macht entsagt, nur wer der Liebe Lust verjagt, nur der erzielt sich den Zauber, zum Reif zu zwingen das Gold,” or “Only he who renounces the power of love and banishes its pleasures, can master the force necessary to wield the gold into a ring,” admonishes Woglinde, one of the Rhinemaidens. So begins the ominous fate that lies ahead of those who bear the ring made from the gold in the Rhine River. “The villains in this most violent drama in music history are actually rather quite lovely people,” commented the rather cheeky Vico von Bülow, alias Loriot, in his guidebook “Kleiner Opernführer”. Loriot adored Richard Wagner’s music, and is the only individual who can get away with reducing the 14.5-hour masterpiece into 3.5 hours of music. It’s no surprise that this distinguished representative of fine humor, a highly educated, self-deprecating linguistic acrobat, would come to love Richard Wagner. Self-styled as the protector of Wahnfried, an aura engulfing his personality, Wagner’s invention of a world populated by self-absorbed gods, clumsy gods, and complexity-laden dwarves – not to mention the Rhinemaidens’ liltingly rhythmic “Wagala weia!” – is, strictly speaking, perhaps just a touch unintentionally comical. But it also speaks to the great qualities of Loriot’s humor that he never demeans the material he chooses. And his love for music helped him create a “Ring in one evening” that takes key thematic passages and musical climaxes from Richard Wagner’s tetralogy to tell the story of the legendary Ring in such a way that newcomers and connoisseurs alike will enjoy it. The role of the narrator will be performed by Axel Bulthaupt, a television moderator and personality known from TV shows such as Brisant and the Carreras Charity Gala – who is also a Wagner fan himself.
Richard Wagner/ Loriot “Der Ring an einem Abend”
Premiere on Saturday, 17 April 2021, 6:00pm – online for 48 hours
Streaming by Oper Leipzig TV