01 December 2011

Marek Janowski's Wagner Cycle Continues

The Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle will reach its peak in the 2012-2013 season with the “Ring of the Nibelung” tetralogy.

Season 2011 | 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 | 6 pm
Tristan and Isolde

Saturday, May 5, 2012 | 6 pm
Tannhäuser and the Singing Contest on the Wartburg


Thursday, November 22, 2012 | 8 pm
Ring of the Nibelung, The Rhinegold

Saturday, November 24, 2012 | 6 pm
Ring of the Nibelung, The Valkyrie

Saturday, March 1, 2013 | 6 pm
Ring of the Nibelung, Siegfried

Sunday, March 15 2013 | 6 pm
Ring of the Nibelung, Twilight of the Gods

Crimes of love

They all do it, from Senta and Elsa, Elisabeth and Isolde, Sieglinde and Brünhilde to Venus, Ortrud, Gutrune and Kundry: They break taboos, stretch the limits, breach well-nigh sacrosanct conventions. But they must commit these crimes, offering themselves up in the name of love and forsaking their very selves for their heroes (who also freely follow in their footsteps, committing further transgressions).

His breaking of taboos, his stretching of limits and his radical approach to conventions not only characterize Richard Wagner’s life, characters and texts, they are also hallmarks of his music that even go so far as to provoke the polarizing present-day fascination with his works. Even with eyes closed, the listener can clearly hear these defining traits, measure by measure; and the pictures to accompany them arise of their own accord.

Following on the heels of the performances of the  "The Flying Dutchman", Parsifal“ and “Meistersinger“ in the 2010-2011 season, the 2011-2012 program now brings us „Lohengrin”, „Tristan and Isolde“ and „Tannhäuser“.

The leading Wagner singers to make guest appearances with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra for the concerts include Klaus Florian Vogt (Lohengrin), Torsten Kerl (Tannhäuser), Stephen Gould (Tristan), Nina Stemme (Isolde and Elisabeth), Günther Groissböck (Heinrich) and Christian Gerhaher (Wolfram von Eschenbach). The Wagner cycle is being held under the aegis of Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag. Deutschlandradio Kultur will be broadcasting each of the concerts, which are also to be produced on CD by the Netherlands-based PentaTone label. The "The Flying Dutchman" was released in September 2011, as well as “The Meistersinger” in November 2011.

It is the objective of the RSB’s principal conductor and artistic director, Marek Janowski, to convey to the audience the high musical quality of Wagner’s compositions in the absence of scenic interpretation, focusing on the music alone.


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