Broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera continue at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday, February 11th, with a performance of Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner. Götterdämmerung ("Twilight of the Gods") is the last in Wagner's cycle of four operas titled Der Ring des Nibelungen. It received its premiere at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus on August 17th, 1876, as part of the first complete performance of the Ring. The title is a translation into German of the Old Norse phrase "Ragnarök," which in Norse mythology refers to a prophesied war of the gods that brings about the end of the world. However, as with the rest of the Ring, Wagner's account of this apocalypse diverges significantly from his Old Norse sources. The performance will run approximately six hours.
The Met's new Ring cycle, directed by Robert Lepage, comes to its resolution. Deborah Voigt stars as Brünnhilde and Gary Lehman is Siegfried, with James Levine conducting. "At the end of Götterdämmerung, the world and Valhalla have been destroyed, and we're ready for life to start again, Lepage says. "What have we learned from these 16 hours of the Ring? Basically, to rebuild anew."