Peter Schöne Wotan
Stefan Röttig Donner
Angelos Samartzis Froh
Algirdas Drevinskas Loge
Judith Braun Fricka
Elizabeth Wiles Freia
Melissa Zgouridi Erda
Werner van Mechelen Alberich
Paul McNamara Mime
Markus Jaursch Fasolt
Hiroshi Matsui Fafner
Bettina Maria Bauer Woglinde
Valda Wilson Wellgunde
Carmen Seibel Flosshilde
Orchestre du Théâtre National de la Sarre
Sébastien Rouland Conductor
Concert in German with French and English surtitles
Program for this show is available here.
Prologue to the one-act Ring of the Nibelung, based on a booklet by Wagner, first performed in Munich in 1869.
Wagner’s Ring in Versailles, King Ludwig II of Bavaria's dream
For any opera house, Richard Wagner's Ring - the Ring of the Nibelung - is one of the high points of opera. Composed between 1853 and 1874, this cycle is a myth, constructed as a "stage festival" with a Prologue: Rheingold, and three days: Valkyrie, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung. The Tetralogy was created for the opening of the Bayreuth Festspielhaus in 1876.
King Ludwig II of Bavaria's absolute passion for Versailles and for Wagner creates a unique link between this Ring and the most beautiful Palace in the world...
To celebrate its two hundred and fiftieth anniversary, and the forthcoming hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Ring, the Royal Opera of Versailles has asked the Saarland National Theatre of Saarbrücken, which will be staging each of the four Ring operas over the next four years, to come to Versailles to present them in a concert version: the singers will perform their roles without a score, and the orchestra and chorus will also be on stage.
Since its creation in 1786, the Saarland National Theatre has become one of the most renowned theatres, ballet and opera houses in Germany, with seven hundred performances and 200,000 spectators each season. Its National Orchestra, founded in 1912, has been led by great permanent conductors, especially in recent decades, such as Jiří Kout, Christof Perick and Jun Märkl, and Frenchman Sébastien Rouland has been the incumbent since 2018. He will be conduct the entire Ring.
It is a tradition for every German opera house to regularly stage a production of the Ring. The singers of the permanent troupe, for whom it is a core part of the repertoire, are supplemented by guest soloists who perform the major roles in all German-language operas. It is therefore a project rooted in one hundred and fifty years of practice that the Saarbrücken Opera will present in Versailles over four years.
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RING CATEGORY: For this special event, holders of the Ring ticket will enjoy a tour of the gardens before and after the show, an exceptional visit to the Grands Appartements of the Castle, including the Hall of Mirrors beloved by Ludwig II of Bavaria. A cocktail dinner, also open to holders of the Doge ticket, will be provided before and after the show and will end with a moment of exception. The promise of an unforgettable summer at the Palace of Versailles.
DOGE CATEGORY: Best seats, a free programme, an invitation to the cocktail reception (opening 45 min before the show) and unlimited champagne.
PRESTIGE VIP CATEGORY : Best seats in house with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.
PRESTIGE CATEGORY : Excellent seats with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.
REDUCED RATE applicable to under 26s, Chateau de Versailles Spectacles card holders and groups of more than 10 people (excluding special company offer).
To ensure the best welcome possible, people with limited mobility are advised to book their seats by telephone at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89.
In case of any technical problem, the box office service remain available to complete your order by phone at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89 (Monday-Friday from 11am to 6pm) or in our box office-shop (3 bis rue des Réservoirs, 78000 Versailles ; Monday-Friday from 11am to 6pm, and on Saturdays with concerts or shows except during the Musical Fountains Shows, from 2pm to 5pm).