Opera — Gold, Glanz und Götter (Gold, Shine and Gods)

Theater Basel

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.”
The struggle for the Rheingold, which promises eternal power, is the driving force behind Richard Wagner's “Ring des Nibelungen” opera cycle The directing duo Hans-Werner Kroesinger and Regine Dura are among the most important representatives of contemporary documentary theater. They take the socio-political implications of Wagner's work as the starting point for an investigative examination of Basel's centers of power and finance. In an underground parcours through places of the theater that are normally closed to the public, unexpected perspectives on our supposedly familiar city open up.
Tickets are CHF 50 for adults and CHF 20 for youths up to age 16 or students up to age 30.


Theater Basel
Elisabethenstrasse 16
4051 Basel

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