Introduced by Dame Gwyneth Jones (Brünnhilde), who is in conversation with Patrick Carnegy. (Patrick witnessed the famous Chéreau/Boulez centenary Ring live at Bayreuth in 1976. He writes extensively about it in his prize-winning book, 'Wagner and the Art of the Theatre', and in 2008 chose it as the best 'Ring' on DVD for Building a Library in BBC Radio 3's 'CD Review'.)
The Gibichung Hall in 'Götterdämmerung' resembles the villa of an industrial baron. The hydro-electric dam returns in the final act, but is now rusty and disused: the Rhine, deprived of its gold, has dried up. In a moving conclusion to the cycle the ordinary men and women on stage turn to the audience as the hope for the future.
(Note: running time 255 mins, plus intervals.)
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