Washington National Opera: Ring Cycle: Twilight of the Gods

Friday, May 6, 2016 - Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Ring reaches its supreme climax in this final saga of betrayal and sacrifice, destruction and renewal. Siegfried is tricked into abandoning Brünnhilde, who makes one final, shocking choice to restore the universe to its natural order.

Price:

$75.00 - $525.00

Run Time:

Approx. 5-1/2 hours

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UPDATE as of Wed., May 11: A small number of $50 "Standing Room Only" tickets are available for the Cycle III performance of Twilight of the Gods on Sun., May 22. Please note that tickets may only be purchased in person at the box office or by phone at (202) 467-4600, and are limited to two per person. Patrons will stand in the back of the theater on the orchestra level (no seating). Projected titles are not visible from the rear of the theater.


A DOOMED LOVE TRANSCENDED. A FRACTURED WORLD RESTORED.

 
Twilight of the Gods
(Götterdämmerung, 1876)
 
The Ring reaches its supreme climax in this final saga of valor and sacrifice, greed and betrayal, destruction and renewal. As a token of their sacred union, Siegfried gives Brünnhilde the ring and sets off for new adventures. Along his journey, he meets self-serving siblings Gunther and Gutrune along with Hagen, Alberich's son. Scheming to secure the ring, Hagen employs a magic potion to trick Siegfried into marrying another woman and abandoning a heartbroken Brünnhilde. 

Siegfried realizes the catastrophic deception, but is he too late? Torn between revenge and despair, and with the ring in hand, Brünnhilde makes one final, shocking choice to reclaim her true love. As she sets the night ablaze and lets the flames begin to surround her, she prays her plan will return their cursed treasure back to the Rhinemaidens, restore the universe to its natural order, and put an end to the era of the gods forever.

In German with projected English titles.Titles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra.

Performance Timing: Act I - 116 min.; Intermission - 40 min.; Act II - 62 min.; Intermission - 32 min.; Act III - 72 min.

NOTE: Doors to the Opera House open 30 minutes prior to each performance. For all performances of The Rhinegold, which has no intermission, there will be NO late seating. For all other performances, late patrons will be able to access their ticketed location AT FIRST INTERMISSION.
 
All patrons are thus strongly encouraged to arrive early with sufficient time to allow for parking, taxi drop off, or walking from the Metro, followed by sufficient time for entry into the Opera House by curtain time.

Please find information about pre-performance insights, post-cycle talkbacks, symposia, lecture series, and other special Ring events here.

Pre-order Ring Boxed Meal
Coming to see Twilight of the Gods and want to pre-order a special Ring "boxed meal" to eat during the first intermission? For ordering details and to see sandwich options, visit the Ring Dining page. Please note: Ring boxed meals are the only option for food during the Ring performances at the Kennedy Center due to limited intermission time. Please consider pre-ordering a meal if you will not be planning to eat before or after the performance.

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CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
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First Norn: Lindsay Ammann
Second Norn: Jamie Barton*
Third Norn: Marcy Stonikas
Brünnhilde: Catherine Foster (Cycles I & II), Nina Stemme (Cycle III)
Siegfried: Daniel Brenna
Gunther: Ryan McKinny
Hagen: Eric Halfvarson
Gutrune: Melissa Citro*
Waltraute: Jamie Barton*
Alberich: Gordon Hawkins
Woglinde: Jacqueline Echols±
Wellgunde: Catherine Martin
Flosshilde: Renée Tatum

Listed in order of vocal appearance
 
Director: Francesca Zambello
Conductor: Philippe Auguin
Set Designer: Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer: Catherine Zuber
Lighting Designer: Mark McCullough
Projection Designers: S. Katy Tucker and Jan Hartley
Movement Director: Denni Sayers

*WNO debut ‡ Current Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist
± Former Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist

Resources

Watch and Listen

Making of Opera: The Ring - Alberich and the Nibelungen

Making of Opera: The Ring - Becoming The Bear

Making of Opera: The Ring - Enter the Dragon

Making of Opera: The Ring - Fafner the Giant

Making of Opera: The Ring - Garments of the Gods

Making of Opera: The Ring - Pixels and Pyro

Making of Opera: The Ring - Presenting The Ring

Making of Opera: The Ring - Staging Timelapse

Making of Opera: The Ring - The Maestro

The Story of "The Ring": Twilight of the Gods

Washington National Opera - 2015-2016 Season Preview

WNO Commentary: Twilight of the Gods 1/5: (audio only)

WNO Commentary: Twilight of the Gods 2/5: (audio only)

WNO Commentary: Twilight of the Gods 3/5: (audio only)

WNO Commentary: Twilight of the Gods 4/5: (audio only)

WNO Commentary: Twilight of the Gods 5/5: (audio only)

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