By David Salazar
Semperoper Dresden is set to bring back Willy Decker’s production of “Der Ring des Nibelungen” this February.
This revival will celebrate the 20th anniversary of this staging’s first performances and the first in five years. In sum, there will be two cycles – one starting on Jan. 27 and running through Feb. 1 and a second between Feb. 5-10, 2023. Christian Thielemann conducts both.
Audiences will see Ricarda Merbeth as Brünnhilde. She will be joined by Daniel Behle, Stephen Milling, Waltraud Meier, Allison Oakes, Michal Doron, Lawson Anderson, Markus Marquardt, Christa Mayer, Adrian Eröd, John Lundgren, Andreas Schager, and Georg Zeppenfeld, among many others.
The “Ring” was set for a revival back in 2020-21 but was canceled due to COVID-19 and its lingering impact.
The company revealed that it will also present a series of accompanying events including “Of Heroes and Battle Maidens” on Jan. 26, 2023 as well as “Wagner.Kino.Oper,” a film series that will showcase such works as Fritz Lang’s “The Nibelungen” and Visconti’s “Ludwig II,” among others.