Twenty years ago, FWOpera staged Richard Wagner’s ghostly nautical tale, The Flying Dutchman, to much acclaim, but for the first time in the company’s history, an opera from his colossal cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen, will be presented to Fort Worth audiences in all its magnificent glory. A breathtaking feast for the senses, Das Rheingold is a riveting saga of gods, giants, dwarfs, and water-nymphs, featuring a fiery dragon and a mystical gold ring that gives its owner ultimate, unbridled power – a gift which comes at a price.
This state-of-the-art, sci-fi production features a thrilling, 78-piece orchestra onstage, ingenious multi-tiered set design, three Rheinmaidens “swimming” in the orchestra pit, and jaw-dropping visual effects created by award-winning film director, writer, and theatrical multi-media designer David Murakami. Brian Staufenbiel will direct this futuristic vision of Das Rheingold, featuring some of the most astounding voices in the operatic world, and a heroic narrative inspired by Norse mythology.
A cunning dwarf named Alberich vies for the attention of three beautiful Rheinmaidens who guard a cache of gold deep in the river below. He quickly learns from them that if he renounces love forever he will gain possession of this prized treasure. Spurned and ridiculed by his advances, Alberich forswears love, steals their gold, and forges it into a ring to rule the world. When Wotan, King of the Gods, snatches the powerful ring for himself, the cunning dwarf curses it and all who wear it from here to eternity.