Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle)

This page lists all recordings of Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle), by Richard Wagner (1813-83) on CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-ray & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen


Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Wotan), Josephine Veasey (Fricka), Gerhard Stolze (Loge), Erwin Wohlfahrt (Mime), Zoltán Kéléman (Alberich), Simone Mangelsdorff (Freia), Donald Grobe (Froh), Robert Kerns (Donner), Oralia Domínguez (Erda), Martti Talvela (Fasolt), Karl Ridderbusch (Fafner), Liselotte Rebmann (Woglinde), Edda Moser (Wellgunde), Anna Reynolds (Floßhilde), Jon Vickers (Siegmund), Gundula Janowitz (Sieglinde), Martti Talvela (Hunding), Régine Crespin (Brünhilde), Thomas Stewart (Wotan), Josephine Veasey (Fricka), Liselotte Rebmann (Gerhilde), Carlotta Ordassy (Ortlinde), Ingrid Steger (Waltraute), Lilo Brockhaus (Schwertleite), Danica Mastilovic (Helmwige), Barbro Ericson (Siegrune), Cvetka Ahlin (Grimgerde), Helga Jenckel (Roßweiße), Jess Thomas (Siegfried), Gerhard Stolze (Mime), Thomas Stewart (Wanderer), Helga Dernesch (Brünhilde), Zoltán Kéléman (Alberich), Oralia Domínguez (Erda), Karl Ridderbusch (Fafner), Catherine Gayer (Waldvogel), Helga Dernesch (Brünnhilde), Helge Brilioth (Siegfried), Karl Ridderbusch (Hagen), Zoltán Kéléman (Alberich), Thomas Stewart (Gunther), Gundula Janowitz (Gutrune), Christa Ludwig (Waltraute), Liselotte Rebmann (Woglinde), Edda Moser (Wellgunde), Anna Reynolds (Floßhilde), Lili Chookasian (First Norn), Christa Ludwig (Second Norn), Catarina Ligenzda (Third Norn)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen


Das Rheingold

George London (Wotan), Kirsten Flagstad (Fricka), Claire Watson (Freia), Set Svanholm (Loge), Waldemar Kmentt (Froh), Eberhard Wächter (Donner), Paul Kuen (Mime), Jean Madeira (Erda), Gustav Neidlinger (Alberich), Walter Kreppel (Fasolt), Kurt Böhme (Fafner), Oda Balsborg (Woglinde), Hetty Plümacher (Wellgunde), Ira Malaniuk (Flosshilde)

Die Walküre

James King (Siegmund), Régine Crespin (Sieglinde), Gottlob Frick (Hunding), Hans Hotter (Wotan), Birgit Nilsson (Brünnhilde), Christa Ludwig (Fricka), Brigitte Fassbaender (Waltraute), Berit Lindholm (Helmwige), Helga Dernesch (Ortlinde), Vera Schlosser (Gerhilde), Helen Watts (Schwertleite), Vera Little (Siegrune), Claudia Hellmann (Rossweise), Marilyn Tyler (Grimgerde)

Siegfried

Wolfgang Windgassen (Siegfried), Birgit Nilsson (Brünnhilde), Hans Hotter (Wanderer), Gerhard Stolze (Mime), Gustav Neidlinger (Alberich), Kurt Böhme (Fafner), Marga Höffgen (Erda), Joan Sutherland (Waldvogel)

Götterdämmerung

Wolfgang Windgassen (Siegfried), Birgit Nilsson (Brünnhilde), Gottlob Frick (Hagen), Gustav Neidlinger (Alberich), Claire Watson (Gutrune), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Gunther), Christa Ludwig (Waltraute), Lucia Popp (Woglinde), Gwyneth Jones (Wellgunde), Maureen Guy (Flosshilde), Helen Watts (Erste Norn), Grace Hoffman (Zweite Norn), Anita Välkki (Dritte Norn)

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Sir Georg Solti

Sir Georg Solti’s Wagner’s epic music-drama Der Ring des Nibelungen was the first-ever studio recording of Wagner’s masterpiece on an unprecedented recording scale without precedent. Masterminded by legendary producer John Culshaw and his technical team under the direction of chief engineer Gordon Parry between 1958-1965, this massive undertaking set new standards in both opera recording and the possibilities of the effective and imaginative use of stereo.

The combination of Sir Georg Solti and the Vienna Philharmonic with an international cast of the greatest Wagnerian singers available resulted in a recording which was greeted with exceptional enthusiasm and rave reviews and which quickly won numerous international awards. This edition offers something that is the supreme sound experience of what is generally acknowledged to be the greatest version of Wagner’s supreme masterpiece.

Containing Wagner’s libretti, this audiophile edition offers something that is the supreme sound experience of what is generally acknowledged to be the greatest version of Wagner’s supreme masterpiece.

This release replicates the glorious 14CD deluxe edition (0028947837022), which sold 6000 units.

This release requires a Blu-Ray player, and contains no video content other than an on-screen menu. It plays on a standard Blu-Ray player, and is not restricted regionally in any way. A Blu-Ray player can be a very simple and affordable addition to any hi-fi system, enabling true 24-bit playback.

24-bit, 48kHz

“a living, convincing, whole, holistic and vibrant experience is just what this edition delivers...it faithfully reflects the spaciousness and appropriate aura that would have been experienced had you been sitting in on those amazing recordings in Vienna's Sofien Hall over 50 years ago...this is a superb release: it has everything that the original (many would say the best) complete Ring recording had – and much more.” Classical Net, 2013

“It’s the most gorgeous thing, even though it’s not exactly a bargain, and it’s never sounded better either.” Limelight Magazine, 13th March 2013

Decca - 4786748

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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

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Das Rheingold

John Tomlinson (Wotan), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Bodo Brinkmann (Donner), Helmut Pampuch (Mime), Kurt Schreibmayer (Froh), Matthias Hölle (Fasolt), Graham Clark (Loge), Philip Kang (Fafner), Linda Finnie (Fricka), Hilde Leidland (Woglinde), Eva Johansson (Freia), Annette Küttenbaum (Wellgunde), Birgitta Svendén (Erda), Jane Turner (Flosshilde)

Die Walküre

Paul Elming (Siegmund), Nadine Secunde (Sieglinde), Matthias Hölle (Hunding), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), John Tomlinson (Wotan), Ruth Floeren (Ortlinde), Shirley Close (Waltraute), Hitomi Katagiri (Schwertleite), Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Helmwige), Linda Finnie (Siegrune/Fricka), Birgitta Svendén (Grimgerde), Eva Johansson (Gerhilde), Hebe Kijkstra (Rossweisse)

Siegfried

Siegfried Jerusalem (Siegfried), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), Philip Kang (Fafner), John Tomlinson (Wanderer), Birgitta Svendén (Erda), Graham Clark (Mime), Hilde Leidland (Waldvogel)

Götterdämmerung

Siegfried Jerusalem (Siegfried), John Tomlinson (Wanderer), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), Birgitta Svendén (Erste Norn), Philip Kang (Hagen), Linda Finnie Zweite Norn), Bodo Brinkmann (Gunther), Uta Priew (Dritte Norn), Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Gutrune), Hilde Leidland (Woglinde), Waltraud Meier (Waltraute), Annette Küttenbaum (Wellgunde), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Jane Turner (Flosshilde)

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Choir, Daniel Barenboim

Contents:

Music

Wagner’s complete Ring cycle available in two high quality audio formats (uncompressed WAV and 320kbps MP3)

Video

• BBC documentary: ‘Great composers - Wagner’

• ‘The making of the Ring’ featuring Daniel Barenboim and John Tomlinson.

Full libretto

• The full libretti of all four operas, available to download in PDF form

Specially designed software application featuring:

• Synopses and Articles:

Full synopses for each opera and seventeen original articles covering all

aspects of the Ring and its production.

• Leitmotif extracts and scores:

An exploration of the leitmotifs used in the Ring, with scores, extracts and descriptions covering 65 of the most prominent themes

• Illustrated comic strip:

An illustrated guide to the story of the Ring.

• Photos, biographies and other editorial

“For me the highlight of Daniel Barenboim's 1992 Bayreuth cycle is the matchless singing of John Tomlinson as Wotan, coupled with a radiant Brünnhilde from Anne Evans. Siegfried Jerusalem is movingly tender as Siegfried, and Philip Kang as Hagen is menacingly unsettling; his summoning of the vassals in Act Two of Götterdämmerung is thrilling indeed, with the gentlemen of the Bayreuth chorus sounding fantastic.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, March 2015

“it's arguably the finest Ring on disc of the last 30 years” The Guardian, 19th December 2013 ****

“The performances have mostly lasted very well, give or take some lurching speeds and passing weaknesses in lesser roles” The Times, 13th December 2013

Warner Classics - 2564641265

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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Live Recording from the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, 2008


Das Rheingold Mario Hoff (Wotan), Erin Caves (Loge), Tomas Möwes (Alberich), Christine Hansmann (Fricka), Renatus Mészár (Fasolt), Hidekazu Tsumaya (Fafner), Marietta Zumbült (Freia), Alexander Günther (Donner), Jean-Noël Briend (Froh), Frieder Aurich (Mime), Nadine Weissmann (Erda), Silona Michel (Woglinde), Susann Günther-Dissmeier (Wellgunde) & Christiane Bassek (Flosshilde)

Die Walküre Erin Caves (Siegmund), Kirsten Blanck (Sieglinde), Hidekazu Tsumaya (Hunding), Catherine Foster (Brünnhilde), Renatus Mészár (Wotan), Christine Hansmann (Fricka), Susann Günther-Dissmeier (Gerhilde), Joana Caspar (Ortlinde), Marie-Helen Joël (Waltraute), Nadine Weissmann (Schwertleite), Silona Michel (Helmwige), Carola Guber (Siegrune), Kerstin Quandt (Grimgerde) & Christiane Bassek (Rossweisse)

Siegfried Johnny van Hal (Siegfried), Catherine Foster (Brünnhilde), Frieder Aurich (Mime), Tomas Möwes (Der Wanderer), Mario Hoff (Alberich), Hidekazu Tsumaya (Fafner), Nadine Weissmann (Erda) & Heike Porstein (Waldvogel)

Götterdämmerung Norbert Schmittberg (Siegfried), Catherine Foster (Brünnhilde), Renatus Mészár (Hagen), Mario Hoff (Gunther), Tomas Möwes (Alberich), Marietta Zumbült (Gutrune), Nadine Weissmann (Waltraute), Silona Michel (Woglinde), Susann Günther-Dissmeier (Wellgunde), Christiane Bassek (Flosshilde), Christine Hansmann (1. Norn), Nadine Weissmann (2. Norn) & Silona Michel (3. Norn)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Staatskapelle Weimar, Carl St.Clair

In 2008 the Nationaltheater Weimar started a new production of Richard Wagner’s unique tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen. The conductor is Carl St.Clair, a former student of Leonard Bernstein. With Michael Schulz’ fine and highly intelligent staging this new “Ring” production becomes an outstanding document of contemporary opera theatre.

Outside Germany, the name Weimar tends to evoke mixed feelings and pictures of German history of the last hundred years. Within Germany, Weimar means a town in the state of Thuringia arguably saturated with the “Deutsche Kultur” of the “Weimarer Klassik”, the legendary Bauhaus, and finally the life and work of Franz Liszt and his son in law Richard Wagner. In Weimar Richard Wagner began composing the first part of his RING-cycle, "Das Rheingold”.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Audio Language: DE

Subtitles: DE, EN, FR, IT, ES, JP

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Arthaus Musik - 109320

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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Live recordings from Teatro alla Scala, Milan


Teatro alla Scala, 2010 Das Rheingold

René Pape (Wotan), Stephan Rügamer (Loge), Johannes Martin Kränzle (Alberich), Doris Soffel (Fricka), Kwangchul Youn (Fasolt), Timo Riihonen (Fafner), Anna Samuil (Freia), Anna Larsson (Erda), Jan Buchwald (Donner), Marco Jentzsch (Froh), Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Mime), Aga Mikolaj (Woglinde), Maria Gortsevskaya (Wellgunde), Marina Prudenskaya (Flosshilde)

Teatro alla Scala, 2010 Die Walküre

Simon O’Neill (Siegmund), John Tomlinson (Hunding), Vitalij Kowaljow (Wotan), Waltraud Meier (Sieglinde), Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde) & Ekaterina Gubanova (Fricka)

Teatro alla Scala, 2012 Siegfried

Lance Ryan (Siegfried), Peter Bronder (Mime), Terje Stensvold (Der Wanderer), Johannes Martin Kränzle (Alberich), Anna Larsson (Erda) & Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde)

Teatro alla Scala, 2013 Götterdämmerung

Lance Ryan (Siegfried), Iréne Theorin (Brünnhilde), Mikhail Petrenko (Hagen), Johannes Martin Kränzle (Alberich), Gerd Grochowski (Gunther), Waltraud Meier (Waltraute/Zweite Norn), Anna Samuil (Gutrune/Dritte Norn), Margarita Nekrasova (Erste Norn), Aga Mikolaj (Woglinde), Maria Gortsevskaya (Wellgunde), Anna Lapkovskaja (Flosshilde)


Stage Director & Set Designer Guy Cassiers

Richard Wagner’s “Ring” at the world-famous La Scala in Milan is a first-class musical experience featuring one of the greatest conductors of our time at the podium: Daniel Barenboim. Wagner’s tale about the power of the ring, the reign of gold and the battle between dwarves, giants, gods and mortals is picturesque, complex and deeply psychological. It is a demanding work for musicians, singers and the production team. In his stage production, the Belgian Guy Cassiers conveys the aesthetic quality and musical brilliance of this gesamtkunstwerk in dazzling imagery. The challenges of the music and dramatic performance are admirably mastered by renowned singers including René Pape, Waltraud Meier, Lance Ryan, Nina Stemme, Simon O’Neill, Iréne Theorin and many others. A veritable feast for the senses, a treat for all Wagner aficionados and a wonderful opportunity to revisit the legendary La Scala in Milan.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Subtitles: DE (Original Language), GB, IT, FR, ES, Korean

Blu-ray Disc: 1 x 25 GB (Single Layer) & 3 x 50 GB (Dual Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition

Running Time: 946 mins

FSK: 6

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Arthaus Musik Barenboim La Scala Milan Ring Cycle - 107550

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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Barenboim’s seminal Ring cycle, available for the first time on Blu-Ray


Das Rheingold

John Tomlinson (Wotan), Graham Clark (Loge), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Linda Finnie (Fricka), Matthias Hölle (Fasolt), Philip Kang (Fafner), Eva Johansson (Freia), Bodo Brinkmann (Donner), Kurt Schreibmayer (Froh), Helmut Pampuc (Mime), Birgitta Svendén (Erda), Hilde Leidland (Woglinde), Annette Küttenbaum (Wellgunde), Jane Turner (Flosshilde)

Die Walküre

Poul Elming (Siegmund), Nadine Secunde (Sieglinde), Matthias Hölle (Hunding), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), John Tomlinson (Wotan), Linda Finnie (Fricka), Eva Johansson (Gerhilde), Ruth Floeren (Ortlinde), Shirley Close (Waltraute), Hitomi Katagiri (Schwertleite), Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Helmwige), Linda Finnie (Siegrune), Birgitta Svendén (Grimgerde), Hebe Dijkstra (Rossweisse)

Siegfried

Siegfried Jerusalem (Siegfried), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), Graham Clark (Mime), John Tomlinson (Der Wanderer), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Philip Kang (Fafner), Birgitta Svendén (Erda), Hilde Leidland (Waldvogel)

Götterdämmerung

Siegfried Jerusalem (Siegfried), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), Philip Kang (Hagen), Bodo Brinkmann (Gunther), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Gutrune), Waltraud Meier (Waltraute), Hilde Leidland (Woglinde), Annette Küttenbaum (Wellgunde), Jane Turner (Flosshilde), Birgitta Svendén (1. Norn), Linda Finnie (2. Norn), Uta Priew (3. Norn)

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Choir, Daniel Barenboim

The Blu-ray booklet features 20 production photographs most of which have not been seen before. These photographs will also appear on our special web page for the Blu-ray release. Also included on the Blu-ray release for the first time, is a 15 minute bonus documentary made in 2005 featuring Daniel Barenboim and Sir John Tomlinson talking about the Harry Kupfer Ring production. Along with the photographs featured in the blu-ray booklet this documentary will be made available on our website by the time of the Blu-ray release date. It gives a fascinating insight in to the project, with the benefit of hindsight.

Technical Information:

Running time: 154+13+237+243+270 mins

Region code: All regions

Colour NTSC 16:9

Disc Format: 4 x BD-50

Audio: LPCM Stereo ·

Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround ·

DTS 5.1 Surround (operas)

LPCM Stereo (bonus feature)

Menu Screens: English Subtitles

English · Français · Deutsch · Español · Italiano (operas) Français · Deutsch · Español · Italiano (bonus feature)

“For me the highlight of Daniel Barenboim's 1992 Bayreuth cycle is the matchless singing of John Tomlinson as Wotan, coupled with a radiant Brünnhilde from Anne Evans. Siegfried Jerusalem is movingly tender as Siegfried, and Philip Kang as Hagen is menacingly unsettling...Kupfer's production, with plentiful use of lasers, will not please everyone, but I think it's full of stunningly hypnotic imagery that blends beautifully with Wagner's music.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, March 2015

Blu-ray Disc

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Warner Classics - 2564656333

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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen


Das Rheingold

Juha Uusitalo (Wotan), Franz-Josef Kapellmann (Alberich), John Daszak (Loge), Gerhard Siegel (Mime), Matti Salminen (Fasolt), Stephen Milling (Fafner) Sabina von Walter (Freia), Anna Larsson (Fricka), Christa Mayer (Erda),Silvia Vázquez (Woglinde), Ann-Katrin Naidu (Wellgunde), Hannah Esther Minutillo (Flosshilde), German Villar (Froh), Ilya Bannik (Donner)

Die Walküre

Peter Seiffert (Siegmund), Petra Maria Schnitzer (Sieglinde), Matti Salminen (Hunding), Jennifer Wilson (Brünnhilde), Juha Uusitalo (Wotan), Anna Larsson (Fricka)

Siegfried

Lance Ryan (Siegfried), Jennifer Wilson (Brünnhilde), Gerhard Siegel (Mime), Juha Uusitalo (Der Wanderer), Franz-Josef Kapellmann (Alberich), Stephen Milling (Fafner), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Erda), Marina Zyatkova (Waldvogel)

Götterdämmerung

Lance Ryan (Siegfried), Jennifer Wilson (Brünnhilde), Matti Salminen (Hagen), Ralf Lukas (Gunther), Franz-Josef Kapellmann (Alberich), Elisabete Matos (Gutrune), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Waltraute)

Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Zubin Mehta

Special-priced DVD und Blu-ray Box including all 4 Operas in a valuable Hardcover Slipcase

Shot in full HD. dts-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround sound on Blu-ray!

La Fura del Baus, famous for their opening ceremony of the Olympic games in Barcelona and opera stagings in Salzburg, Ruhrtriennale, etc., use in their groundbreaking Ring 3D computer projections that evoke computer games, organic structures built of athletic performers that recall the "Cirque du soleil".

This production from 2007/2009 at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia, Spain, incl. world-class Wagner singers such as Salminen, Kapellmann, Mayer, Schnitzer and promising young talents like Jennifer Wilson (Brünnhilde), John Daszak (Loge) and Juha Uusitalo (Wotan).

Staged by Staged by La Fura dels Baus

Bonus Making of Rheingold, Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung

Running Time Total: 1056 minutes

Operas: 948 minutes + 4 x 27 minutes Bonus

Booklet German, English, French

Subtitles French, German, English, Spanish

“Quite a spectacle, brilliantly sung.” The Sunday Times

“It looks like a landmark Ring cycle, it is outstanding.” BBC Music Magazine

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C Major - 703904

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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen


Das Rheingold

Wolfgang Probst (Wotan), Motti Kastón (Donner), Bernhard Schneider (Froh), Robert Künzli (Loge), Esa Ruuttunen (Alberich), Eberhard Francesco Lorenz (Mime), Roland Bracht (Fasolt), Phillip Ens (Fafner), Michaela Schuster (Fricka), Helga Rós Indridadóttir (Freia), Mette Ejsing (Erda), Catriona Smith (Woglinde), Maria Theresa Ullrich (Wellgunde), Margarete Joswig (Flosshilde)

Die Walküre

Robert Gambill (Siegmund), Attila Jun (Hunding), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Wotan), Angela Denoke (Sieglinde), Renate Behle (Brünnhilde), Tichina Vaughn (Fricka), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Gerhilde), Wiebke Göetjes (Ortlinde), Stella Kleindienst (Waltraute), Helene Ranada (Schwertleite), Magdalena Schäfer (Helmwige), Nidia Palacios (Siegrune), Maria Theresa Ullrich (Grimgerde), Margit Diefenthal (Rossweisse)

Siegfried

Jon Fredric West (Siegfried), Heinz Göhrig (Mime), Wolfgang Schöne (Der Wanderer), Björn Waag (Alberich), Attila Jun (Fafner), Helene Ranada (Erda), Lisa Gasteen (Brünnhilde), Gabriela Herrera (Der Waldvogel)

Götterdämmerung

Albert Bonnema (Siegfried), Luana DeVol (Brünnhilde), Roland Bracht (Hagen), Hernan Iturralde (Gunther), Franz-Josef Kapellmann (Alberich), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Gutrune), Tichina Vaugh (Waltraute), Janet Collins (First Norn, Flosshilde), Lani Poulson (Second Norn), Sue Patchell (Third Norn), Helga Rós Indridadóttir (Woglinde), Sarah Castle (Wellgunde)

Staatsoper Stuttgart & Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Lothar Zagrosek

Stage Directors: Joachim Schlömer, Christoph Nel, Jossi Wieler, Sergio Morabito, Peter Konwitschny.

"Four operas – four stage directors” is the underlying concept “Ring from Stuttgart”. And by focusing on individualoperas rather than the entire cycle, they were better able to express their individual insights into the well-knowndrama of Siegfried and Wotan.

The hugely successful Ring cycle from the Staatsoper Stuttgart is now available on Blu-ray Disc, restored withgreat care for detail and fully remastered in HD.

“At a time when most are struggling to find something new to say about Wagner, Zehelein shattered conventionby allocating the four operas to four different production teams. The results are astonishing as much for the unexpected harmony of the different approaches as for the strength of their diverse insights. Thus deconstructed, Wagner is less totalitarian, more dramatic. The Ring finally looks politically and psychologically modern again.” Financial Times

Directors: Joachim Schlömer, Christoph Nel, Sergio Morabito, Jossi Wieler and Peter Konwitschny and theiroutstanding cast (Angela Denoke, Luana DeVol, Lisa Gasteen, Robert Gambill, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Wolfgang Schöne, Jon Frederick West among others) managed an epoch-making artistic enterprise, which will maintain its place as a highlight of Wagner staging for years to come.

Picture format Blu-ray Disc: 16:9

Audio format Blu-ray Disc: PCM 2.0, DTS 5.1

Region code: All (worldwide)

Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish

Run time: Rheingold: 152 mins, Walküre : 229 mins, Siegfried: 251 mins, Götterdämmerung: 269 mins (total 901 mins)

FSK: 0

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EuroArts - 2057364

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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Also contains the film 'Wagner's Dream' - a documentary about the making of the Metropolitan Operas new Ring cycle.


Das Rheingold

Lisette Oropesa (Woglinde), Jennifer Johnson Cano (Wellgunde), Tamara Mumford (Flosshilde), Eric Owens (Alberich), Stephanie Blythe (Fricka), Bryn Terfel (Wotan), Richard Croft (Loge), Franz-Josef Selig (Fasolt), Hans-Peter König (Fafner), Wendy Bryn Harmer (Freia), Adam Diegel (Froh), Dwayne Croft (Donner), Patricia Bardon (Erda), Gerhard Siegel (Mime)

Die Walküre

Jonas Kaufmann (Siegmund, Eva-Maria Westbroek (Sieglinde), Hans-Peter König (Hunding), Deborah Voigt (Brünnhilde), Bryn Terfel (Wotan), Stephanie Blythe (Fricka), Kelly Cae Hogan (Gerhilde), Molly Fillmore (Helmwige), Wendy Bryn Harmer (Ortlinde), Eve Gigliotti, Mary Ann McCormick (Grimgerde), Lindsay Ammann (Rossweisse) Marjorie Elinor Dix (Waltraute), Mary Phillips (Schwertleite)

Siegfried

Jay Hunter Morris (Siegfried), Gerhard Siegel (Mime), Bryn Terfel (Wanderer), Eric Owens (Alberich), Hans-Peter König (Fafner), Patricia Bardon (Erda), Deborah Voigt (Brünnhilde), Mojca Erdmann (Waldvogel)

Götterdämmerung

Jay Hunter Morris (Siegfried), Deborah Voigt (Brünnhilde), Hans-Peter König (Hagen), Eric Owens (Alberich), Iain Paterson (Gunther), Wendy Bryn Harmer (Gutrune), Waltraud Meier (Waltraute), Maria Radner (Erste Norn), Elizabeth Bishop (Zweite Norn), Heidi Melton (Dritte Norn), Erin Morley (Woglinde), Jennifer Johnson Cano (Wellgunde), Tamara Mumford (Flosshilde)

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, James Levine (Das Rheingold & Die Walküre), Fabio Luisi (Siegfried & Götterdämmerung)

The most famous, the most performed, the most thrilling, and the most recorded opera cycle in music history.

A unique and exclusive package, on multi-set DVD and Blu-Ray, of the most successful Ring Cycle production of the 21th century.

Filmed at the world-famous Metropolitan Opera House in New York, in high definition – the award winning Robert Lepage production. Featuring Bryn Terfel as Wotan – universally recognized as the finest bass-baritone – and Wotan – of his generation. Also starring Deborah Voigt as Brunnhilde, and star tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund.

This award-winning and ground-breaking production has been seen by over 150,000 people at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and subsequently by a remarkable 800,000 people in cinemas and movie-theatres around the globe

Features some of the most remarkable and memorable music of all time – including “The Ride of the Valkyries” and “Siegfried’s Funeral March”, as heard in countless Hollywood blockbusters and global TV commercials over the last forty years.

Subtitles in English, German, French, Spanish and Chinese

“Kaufmann and Westbroek project the right kind of sexual and emotional intensity to carry the drama in the very bare setting that they're in, a tension matched elsewhere only by Waltraud Meier's masterclass of a Waltraute...Elsewhere there is solid singing from the 'baddie' basses...and much evidently enjoyed hard work from Deborah Voigt's Brünnhilde” Gramophone Magazine, January 2013

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

DG - 0734771

(Blu-ray - 5 discs)

$114.00

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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Live recordings from Teatro alla Scala, Milan


Teatro alla Scala, 2010 Das Rheingold

René Pape (Wotan), Stephan Rügamer (Loge), Johannes Martin Kränzle (Alberich), Doris Soffel (Fricka), Kwangchul Youn (Fasolt), Timo Riihonen (Fafner), Anna Samuil (Freia), Anna Larsson (Erda), Jan Buchwald (Donner), Marco Jentzsch (Froh), Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Mime), Aga Mikolaj (Woglinde), Maria Gortsevskaya (Wellgunde), Marina Prudenskaya (Flosshilde)

Teatro alla Scala, 2010 Die Walküre

Simon O’Neill (Siegmund), John Tomlinson (Hunding), Vitalij Kowaljow (Wotan), Waltraud Meier (Sieglinde), Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde) & Ekaterina Gubanova (Fricka)

Teatro alla Scala, 2012 Siegfried

Lance Ryan (Siegfried), Peter Bronder (Mime), Terje Stensvold (Der Wanderer), Johannes Martin Kränzle (Alberich), Anna Larsson (Erda) & Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde)

Teatro alla Scala, 2013 Götterdämmerung

Lance Ryan (Siegfried), Iréne Theorin (Brünnhilde), Mikhail Petrenko (Hagen), Johannes Martin Kränzle (Alberich), Gerd Grochowski (Gunther), Waltraud Meier (Waltraute/Zweite Norn), Anna Samuil (Gutrune/Dritte Norn), Margarita Nekrasova (Erste Norn), Aga Mikolaj (Woglinde), Maria Gortsevskaya (Wellgunde), Anna Lapkovskaja (Flosshilde)


Stage Director & Set Designer Guy Cassiers

Richard Wagner’s “Ring” at the world-famous La Scala in Milan is a first-class musical experience featuring one of the greatest conductors of our time at the podium: Daniel Barenboim. Wagner’s tale about the power of the ring, the reign of gold and the battle between dwarves, giants, gods and mortals is picturesque, complex and deeply psychological. It is a demanding work for musicians, singers and the production team. In his stage production, the Belgian Guy Cassiers conveys the aesthetic quality and musical brilliance of this gesamtkunstwerk in dazzling imagery. The challenges of the music and dramatic performance are admirably mastered by renowned singers including René Pape, Waltraud Meier, Lance Ryan, Nina Stemme, Simon O’Neill, Iréne Theorin and many others. A veritable feast for the senses, a treat for all Wagner aficionados and a wonderful opportunity to revisit the legendary La Scala in Milan.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Subtitles: DE (Original Language), GB, IT, FR, ES, Korean

DVD Format: 7 x DVD 9 / NTSC

Running Time: 946 mins

FSK: 6

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

Arthaus Musik Barenboim La Scala Milan Ring Cycle - 107549

(DVD Video - 7 discs)

$74.50

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