New Production of Götterdämmerung: LNO 2011

Written By The Wagnerian on Friday, 17 June 2011 | 11:59:00 pm

Latvian National Opera house
This year will see Latvian National Opera, finally conclude it's Ring Cycle with Götterdämmerung. Once again Cornelius Meister will be holding the baton (having taking over from Andris Nelsons with Seigfied) of a production of Viesturs Kairišs highly "idiosyncratic" Ring - details in a moment, but first the wagnerian "trivia"

Riga (where the national opera house is based for those not keeping up) is highly significant for wagnerians for three reasons - two of which I find are well known the last less so. Indeed, so important may Riga and it's opera houses be to wagnerians that Bayreuth may have been a far different theatre if Wagner had never been there.

First, of course, Wagner was Music Director of the old Riga Stadttheater; second, it was while running away from creditors in Riga that he made the faithful sea voyage that he claimed gave him the idea for the Sailors Chorus in the Flying Dutchman (he also of course wrote act 1 and part of act 2 of Rienzi here). However, of perhaps most interest, and less known, is that the old theatre may have given him the outline for the design of Bayreuth.

According to Friedrich Glasenapp:

Richard Wagner Strasse, Riga
"The auditorium  of the old Stadttheater ...was a pretty gloomy place. A native of Riga (who later)  compared it to a "barn" (while in) conversation with Wagner  asked him how he had been able to conduct there. Wagner replied there were three things about this "barn" (that) had stayed in his mind: First was the steeply rising stalls, rather like an amphitheatre; the second was the darkness of the auditorium; and the third was the surprisingly deep orchestra pit. If ever he succeded in building a theatre to his own designs, he added, he would keep these three features in mind" C.F. Glasenapp: Das Leben Richard Wagner (1894-1911)
To anyone who has been to Bayreuth these features may seem familiar!

And now to the details




Wagner: Götterdämmerung

 
Latvian National Opera





Die Walküre (2007)
Production 


Music Director and Conductor 
Director
Set and Costume Designer
Dramaturge


Siegfried (2008)



Cast:


Siegfried
Brünhilde
Gunther
Marcus Jupither
Gutrune
Hagen
Jochan  Schinkler
Alberich
Waltraute
Wolglinde
Wellgunde
Flosshilde



Dates: 19 & 27 November 2011


Details and Booking: LNO: Gotterdammerung