Peter Schöne Wotan
Stefan Röttig Donner
Angelos Samartzis Froh
Algirdas Drevinskas Loge
Judith Braun Fricka
Werner van Mechelen Alberich
Paul McNamara Mime
Markus Jaursch Fasolt
Hiroshi Matsui Fafner
Olga Jelinkova Woglinde
Valda Wilson Wellgunde
Carmen Seibel Flosshilde
L'Orchestre du Théâtre National de la Sarre
Sébastien Rouland Conductor
Wagner: The Ring in Versailles, Ludwig II of Bavaria’s dream!
For any opera house, Richard Wagner’s tetralogy – The Ring of the Nibelung – is one of the high points of lyric art. Composed between 1853 and 1874, this iconic cycle built as a “stage festival play”, with a Prologue: The Rhinegold, and three days, The Valkyrie, Siegfried, and Twilight of the Gods was first performed for the inauguration of the Bayreuth Festival Theatre in 1876.
Ludwig II of Bavaria’s absolute passion for Versailles and for Wagner creates a singular link between this Ring and the most beautiful palace in the world.
To celebrate its 250th anniversary and the Ring’s coming 150th anniversary, the Royal Opera asked the Saarland National Theatre of Saarbrucken, which is going to stage the Ring’s four operas in the four coming years, to present them in Versailles in their concert version: the singers will interpret their role without score, with the orchestra also on stage.
Since its creation in 1786, the Saarland National Theatre has become one of the most highly reputed theatre, ballet and opera houses in Germany, with 700 performances and 200 000 spectators each season. Its National Orchestra created in 1912 has had major permanent conductors, among whom Jiří Kout, Christof Perick and Jun Märkl and currently the Frenchman Sébastien Rouland since 2018. He will conduct the entire Ring.
It is a tradition for every German opera house to stage regularly a production of the Ring. The singers of the permanent company, for whom it is a basic part of their repertoire, are completed by guest soloists who perform the major roles in all German-speaking operas. 150 years of tradition are at the root of the project that the Saarbrücken Opera House will present in Versailles over four years. It is a tradition for every German opera house to stage regularly a production of the Ring. The singers of the permanent company, for whom it is a basic part of their repertoire, are completed by guest soloists who perform the major roles in all German-speaking operas. 150 years of tradition are at the root of the project that the Saarbrücken Opera House will present in Versailles over four years.
For this extraordinary event, Ring Ticket holders will enjoy an exceptional visit to the Grand Apartments of the Palace before the performance, including the Hall of Mirrors and the King's Chamber so dear to Ludwig II of Bavaria. A cocktail dinner, also open to Doge Ticket holders, will be held before and after the show and will end with an exceptional moment. The promise of an unforgettable summer evening at the Palace of Versailles.Show in German with surtitles in French and English
Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)
Prologue of the Tetralogy The Ring of the Nibelung in one act on a libretto by Wagner, created in Munich in 1869.
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PRESTIGE CATEGORY: Excellent seats with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.
PRESTIGE VIP CATEGORY: Best seats in house with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.
DOGE CATEGORY: Best seats of the theater, a free programme, an invitation to the cocktail reception before and after the show, an exceptional moment and unlimited champagne.
RING CATEGORY: Best seats of the theater, a free programme, a visit to the Grand Apartments of the Palace of Versailles in the footsteps of Louis II of Bavaria, an invitation to the cocktail reception before and after the show, an exceptional moment and unlimited champagne.
REDUCED RATE applicable to under 26s, Chateau de Versailles Spectacles card holders and groups of more than 10 people (excluding special company offer).
Holders of the 2 day Chateau de Versailles passport: reduced rate applicable to reservation by telephone only at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89 or directly on site on the day of the event (subject to availability).
→ Detailed conditions on the Chateau de Versailles website
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).