Kent Nagano © Heike Fischer
Kent Nagano © Heike Fischer
Dresdner Festspielorchester | Concerto Köln | Kent Nagano et al.


  • Dresden Festival Orchestra
  • Concerto Köln
  • Kent Nagano conductor
  • Simon Bailey Wotan
  • Mauro Peter Loge
  • Dominik Köninger Donner
  • Tansel Akzeybek Froh
  • Gerhild Romberger Erda
  • Annika Schlicht Fricka
  • Nadja Mchantaf Freia
  • Daniel Schmutzhard Alberich
  • Thomas Ebenstein Mime
  • Ania Vegry Woglinde
  • Ida Aldrian Wellgunde
  • Christian Immler Fasolt
  • Eva Vogel Flosshilde
  • Tilmann Rönnebeck Fafner


Introduction to the concert
with Susanne Stähr (in German, KKL Luzern, Auditorium)

Richard Wagner (1813–1883)
Das Rheingold
In cooperation with the Dresden Music Festival as part of the “Wagner Readings” project

This concert is made possible by Regula Gerber.


Wagner’s Das Rheingold starts off with an E-flat major chord stretched over a heavenly four minutes and 136 measures. The musical flow surges up and down in broken triads. Almost nothing happens harmonically or melodically; only the instrumental colors change, and the Rhinemaidens then join in singing a childlike lullaby: “Weia! Waga! Woge, du Welle, walle zur Wiege!” Wagner depicts the purest natural paradise, but the Fall is approaching — in the form of the Nibelung Alberich, who steals the Rhinegold and in the process robs this pristine world of its natural resources. The whole thing, as we know, ends badly, in the fourth part of the Nibelungen tetralogy, with the burning Valhalla, the castle of the gods, and the downfall of the existing social order. Das Rheingold can be interpreted as a visionary eco-thriller that denounces the exploitation of nature, along with all its consequences. Kent Nagano’s interpretation, however, also endows the work with a freshly explosive musical power. He will give an historically informed presentation of the score — one based on a well-founded reconstruction of instrumental, vocal, linguistic, and stage practices from Wagner’s time which has been compiled by renowned experts. Das Rheingold will be performed using a period approach that is likely how Wagner himself heard it.

Event Venue

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern
Europaplatz 1
CH-6005 Luzern

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