Der Ring des Nibelungen (1980)

TV Mini-Series  |  Fantasy, Drama, Music
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Donald McIntyre ...
 Wotan / ... (3 episodes, 1980)
Fritz Hübner ...
 Fafner / ... (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Hermann Becht ...
 Alberich (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Ortrun Wenkel ...
 Erda / ... (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Norma Sharp ...
 Woglinde / ... (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Gwyneth Jones ...
 Brünhilde (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Ilse Gramatzki ...
 Wellgunde / ... (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Marga Schiml ...
 Flosshilde / ... (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Heinz Zednik ...
 Loge / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
Manfred Jung ...
 Siegfried (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Jeannine Altmeyer ...
 Gutrune / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Hanna Schwarz ...
 Fricka (2 episodes, 1980)
Carmen Reppel ...
 Freia / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
Matti Salminen ...
 Fasolt / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
Katie Clarke ...
 3. Norn / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Gwendolyn Killebrew ...
 Schwertleite / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Gabriele Schnaut ...
 2. Norn / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
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While this jubilee "Ring" was still on the sketch-board for its 1976 premiere, Ingmar Bergman was offered the job as main stage director. He declined, saying he didn't ever want to direct Wagner, and the post eventually went to Patrice Chéreau See more »

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Challenging but Wonderful Ring Cycle
17 April 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Superb, if controversial, reimagining of the Ring Cycle at the centennial of Beyreuth. Minimal staging and modern dress (well, more eighteenth century fripperies, especially for the gods) put Wagner's music foremost.

Performed "live" at Wagner's own theatre, apparently without an audience, since there is no annoying applause or coughing at any point. Anyone who expects Alberich to look like a dwarf, rather than a tramp who blunders upon the gold, will possibly raise an eyebrow. But anyone who remains open to accept the presentation for what it is, rather than shrugging it off as soap operaish (after all, isn't that what it is?) will delight in the fresh approach and the challenging staging. Though a quarter-century old at this writing, it's still imaginatively fresh. The only quibble is the quibble with every presentation of the story: Seigfreid is an idiot. But the romance between Sieglinde and Siegmund is especially hot! The only caveat is that is shouldn't be one's first Ring Cycle. A must for Wagner completists and anyone who loves Wagner's music and story.


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