Opera — Die Walküre
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.”
“Die Walküre” is the second opera in the “Ring” cycle. The incestuous love of the twins Siegmund and Sieglinde becomes a test for the family of the gods. In a quarrel with his wife Fricka, Wotan promises to entrust his favorite daughter Brünnhilde with the removal of Siegmund. But the Valkyrie Brünnhilde refuses to obey, which leads to the final break with her father. Wotan punishes the "renegade" by putting her to sleep and placing a circle of fire around her. Only fearless heroes are able to pass through this circle. This opera will be performed in German, with German and English surtitles.
Tickets are CHF 90-145 for adults and CHF 30 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).