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Total duration 5 h 25 min
2 intermissions (30 min)
6 performances
14.5.2021 – 1.6.2021
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
35-139 €
Performed in German
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English

A hero’s tale of mythical proportions

Ring

The third part of the epic saga

Siegfried, born from sibling love, feels no fear. He fights to win back the ring forged from the Rheingold, standing in the way of Wotan, the lord of the gods.

The mythical Siegfried is all-powerful: he forges an unbeatable sword, slays a dragon, understands birdsong, and wakes a sleeping beauty with a kiss.

Siegfried’s fairy-tale story is set in today’s restless mental landscape, where the value of humanity is measured in the size of steroid-pumped muscles. The opera, directed by Anna Kelo and conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, is set to become the highlight of spring 2021.

Recommended for children over the age of 12.

Tickets & Performances

5 h 25 min
2 intermissions (30 min)
6 performances
14.5.2021 – 1.6.2021
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
35-139 €
Performed in German
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English
Fri 14.5.2021
at 14:00
Main Stage
on sale
Wed 19.5.2021
at 14:00
Main Stage
on sale
Sat 22.5.2021
at 11:00
Main Stage
on sale
Wed 26.5.2021
at 14:00
Main Stage
on sale
Sat 29.5.2021
at 11:00
Main Stage
on sale
Tue 1.6.2021
at 14:00
Main Stage
on sale

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Anna Kelo

“Traditionally, the Ring is a story about love, revenge, power and greed. Behind this epic narrative, however, there are even greater themes: questions and answers about mythology, faith and consciousness.”

– ANNA KELO, DIRECTOR

The new Finnish Ring

Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelungs), also called the Ring cycle, is an opera tetralogy composed by Richard Wagner. Ever since this extraordinary work saw its world premiere in Bayreuth in 1876, it’s been counted among the greatest artistic achievements of Western culture.

Der Ring des Nibelungen will be staged in a new production, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and directed by Anna Kelo. Creative team also includes Mikki Kunttu, responsible for visual design from lighting to video and set design, as well as Costume Designer Erika Turunen.

Synopsis

Siegfried has grown up with the dwarf Mime, unaware of who his real parents are. Mime is in possession of the shards of Siegmund’s sword Notung, by they can only be forged anew by “he who fears nothing”. Valiant Siegfried succeeds in recasting the sword and leaves with Mime to claim the gold of the giant Fafner, who has taken the shape of a dragon. Mime plans to poison Siegfried as soon as they recover the treasure.

Mime’s brother Alberich also desires his gold and the ring back. Wotan appears in disguise as the Wanderer at Fafner’s cave, where Alberich is keeping vigil. Wotan tells Alberich about Siegfried’s quest and the dwarf warns Fafner. As Siegfried waits by the cave for the dragon to appear, he listens to the birds. He attempts to answer their song and wakes Fafner. Siegfried kills Fafner with his sword Notung and, upon tasting the dragon’s blood, suddenly understands the birds’ song. The birds advise him to take the Ring and the magic helmet Tarnhelm, and reveal Mime’s true intentions. Siegfried kills Mime, after which the woodbirds lead him to a mountain rock, where a sleeping figure lies surrounded by fire.

The Wanderer Wotan tries to block his path, but Siegfried breaks Wontan’s spear with his sword. Siegfried enters the ring of fire, finds Brünnhilde, and his feelings are stirred. He awakens her with a kiss from her enchanted sleep. Brünnhilde and Siegfried declare their love for each other, enraptured.

You can read the full synopsis and other background information in the programme booklet.

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A season ticket guarantees you a seat for all our premieres, which amount to 7 in the 2020–21 season. Two of these include more than one work, so your season ticket gives you access to a total of 10 memorable productions. You will also enjoy a dedicated seat in the auditorium and a dozen more substantial benefits.

There is a limited amount of season ticket packages on sale. There are no season ticket packages available at the moment.

Ring

“Wagner’s music makes you lose track of time. It’s an experience that compresses hours into minutes, minutes into seconds. It’s like magic, a trick that only Wagner mastered.”

– Esa-Pekka Salonen

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s fund

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The purpose of Esa-Pekka Salonen's fund is to support new opera and ballet arts with a particular focus on technology. The fund provides financial support as well as awards, grants and stipends to individuals involved in the work of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. It supports commissions of new compositions and multimedia productions, as well as other projects in line with the fund’s purpose. The fund may also make donations to the Foundation of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet

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