Opera — Das Rheingold
Monumental, fascinating and controversial: Richard Wagner's opera cycle “Der Ring des Nibelungen” is still the subject of controversy today. Sixteen hours in four evenings—created over more than a quarter of a century—tell of the downfall of a power system, the fateful failure of the hero, and the utopia of love. After more than 40 years, “The Ring” returns to Theater Basel, with the premieres of “Das Rheingold” and “Die Walküre” this fall, followed by “Siegfried” and “Götterdämmerung” in 2024. This season’s premieres will be accompanied by a festival lasting several weeks with commissioned works, discussion series, late-night formats, and other events that take their own perspectives on the diverse thematic complexes of “Der Ring.”
“Das Rheingold” marks the start of the “Ring” cycle. When the giants demand payment for the construction of the gods' castle Valhalla, the chief god Wotan is in trouble. The cunning Loge knows what to do: once upon a time, the Nibelung Alberich came into possession of the Rhein gold, which—forged into a ring—promises boundless dominion. Wotan and Loge decide to snatch the gold and the ring from Alberich in order to pay off the giants. In his new production, Benedikt von Peter focuses on Wotan's patriarchal rule and its disastrous effects on the following generations. Through the eyes of Brünnhilde, the audience experiences the four-part story as a fragmented trail of memories. This opera will be performed in German, with German and English surtitles.
Tickets are CHF 30-130 for adults and CHF 20 for youths up to age 16 or students up to age 30.
In addition to individual tickets for each of the four operas, they are offering two subscriptions with which you can see all four “Ring” parts at a discount. You can either book all four “Ring” performances in an optional subscription over the two years (https://www.theater-basel.ch/en/ringwahlabo) or as a cycle performed over just a few days in the early summer of 2025 (https://www.theater-basel.ch/en/abozyklus).