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Valhalla.

C U LTU RAL ATTRA CTI ON OF TH E MO N T H

TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE I PHOTOS: N. KLINGER

A world-class artistic marathon At the Staatstheater Kassel, it is all about Richard Wagner’s masterpiece The Ring of the Nibelung right now. The monumental tetralogy will be performed in its entirety throughout the forthcoming seasons from now until 2021. A challenge the Staatstheater Kassel is more than confident it will conquer, just like it did before. The Staatstheater Kassel is a multidisciplinary venue, which continuously merges contemporary art with tradition. The theatre’s history goes back to the 17th century and includes well-known composers and conductors such as Gustav Mahler. Since 1961, the Staatstheater Kassel has already performed the Ring four times in its entirety, which is extraordinary in the German theatre scene. It hence has an international reputation when it comes to Wagner. This fifth version of Wagner’s Opus Magnum will be equally extraordinary. Francesco Angelico, general director of music at Staatstheater Kassel since 2017, is responsible for the musical directing. 50  |  Issue 72  |  March 2019

Angelico is well known internationally and has worked at the Bayerische Staatsoper and at the New National Theatre Tokyo, to name but a few. He received the Austrian Award for Musical Theatre for his production of Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur in 2016. Markus Dietz, director of the drama department at Staatstheater Kassel since 2014, is directing Wagner’s operatic cycle after having directed several operas within the last couple of years.“I want my production to tell the story of the Ring as pure as it is,” Dietz explains. Instead of defining one main concept for all parts of the Ring, he explores each part’s narrative structure individually and as precisely and aesthetically diverse as possible.

The Rhinegold premiered in September 2018 and had the audience on their feet. The second part, The Valkyrie premiers on 9 March 2019. The following parts, Siegfried and Twilight of the Gods, will be performed during the next two seasons. The entire tetralogy will then be shown as a cycle in May and June 2021. Staatstheater Kassel’s The Ring of the Nibelung is a must-see for Wagnerians from all over the world as much as it is for opera novices, or anyone who appreciates exceptional musical theatre.

The Valkyrie Premiere: Saturday, 9 March, 5pm, Opera House Additional shows: 16 March, 23 March, 31 March, 13 April and 28 April For information visit: www.der-ring-in-kassel.de