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Our Ring was directed by Vera Nemirova. The wonderful, versatile set was designed by Jens Kilian, costumes by Ingeborg Bernerth, lighting: Olaf Winter, video: Bibi Abel. It is conducted by our General Music Director Sebastian Weigle.
GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG - FROM 5pm May 24: The Norns look on, powerless. Siegfried has left the ring with Brünnhilde while he goes off in search of adventure. Hagen, Alberich's son, thinks his half brother and sister, Gunther and Gutrune, would be better off married to: Brünnhilde and Siegfried. Their plan to give Siegfried a potion to make him fall in love with Gutrune works, and Siegfried promises to woo Brünnhilde for Gunther, in disguise. Brünnhilde’s sister Waltraute tries in vain to persuade her to return the ring to the Rhinemaidens and end the curse. Siegfried, disguised as Gunther wrenches the Ring from Brünnhilde's hand. Led in by Gunther, she is mortified when she sees the ring on Siegfried's finger and asks how he came by it. When he says it was by slaying a dragon she realises it was he, disguised as Gunther, who overpowered her. Hagen offers to avenge Brünnhilde by killing Siegfried out hunting. She reveals the only place on his body where the hero is vulnerable. Siegfried tells of his past adventures. Hagen offers him a drink to restore his memory and he remembers wakening Brünnhilde with a kiss. Hagen strikes. Siegfried’s body is carried in. Hagen kills Gunther during an argument over the ring. Brünnhilde orders a funeral pyre to be built on which Siegfried’s and her body be burned. She takes the Ring: it shall be purged of its curse, cleansed in the blaze of Valhalla as it disintergrates.