The Wagnerian version of the Nibelung
story shares the author's attention with Fritz Lang's silent film Die Nibelungen, whose first part, entitled "Siegfried," provides what is at once a complementary and contrasting example to the music drama.
Die Walkre, the second opera in Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung
opera cycle, was successfully staged at Lyric Opera of Chicago a year ago, and Das Rheingold u during the 2016-2017 season.
Der Ring des Nibelungen = The ring of the Nibelung
. Richard Wagner; with International Phonetic Alphabet transcriptions, word for word translations, a guide to the I.P.A., and notes on the German transcriptions by Nico Castel; Ed.
As for homegrown fare, exhibs are placing their bets on Leander Haussmann's East German military comedy "NVA" and Nibelung
spoof "Siegfried" from "Seven Dwarfs" director Sven Unterwaldt.
At any rate, he has done so, and his essays on the Nibelung
Ring may safely be introduced into musical libraries, or quoted in musical lectures, and parts of his book, at least, may even be read with impunity by young ladies cramming for their first opera season.
This is the second spring in a row that the Metropolitan Opera has mounted three cycles of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen (the "Nibelungen" in the title is not a plural and does not refer to the tribe of Nibelungs
but to one Nibelung
, Alberich, who steals the gold in the first scene of the first work in the gigantic tetralogy).
The entire set consists of enormous rotating panels which shift to represent a variety of worlds in the "Ring" universe, from the highest heavens inhabited by the gods to the fiery depths of the Nibelung
The 1972 production photos show that designers Murray Laufer (sets) and Marie Day (costumes) fashioned a straightforwardly conventional approach in which gods and heroes looked noble, while the villains, the Nibelung
dwarves, were like misshapen denizens from another world.
VIP remains committed to Hollywood, but it recently backed other local product such as "Kingdom in Twilight," a retelling of "The Ring of the Nibelung
" saga, and German helmer Roland Suso Richter's first English-language pic, "The I Inside."
His crookback Nibelung
summoned not only pity, but even sympathy at times.
I thoroughly enjoyed and marveled at the PBS screenings of Bayreuth production of the Ring by Boulez and Chereau, with all its high-tech imagery-hydroelectric dams on the Rhine, Nibelung
ironworks, Wotan in a frock coat-but I much prefer the Met's orthodox picture-book approach, with Rhinemaidens who sway in the water like kelp, and horde of Nibelungen that young children could have nightmares about.