Das Rheingold

Das Rheingold is the first opera in Der Ring des Nibelungen. Wagner calls it a preliminary evening (Vorabend). Its premiere was on 22 September 1869 at the Königlichen Hof- und Nationaltheater in Munich.

The premiere as part of a complete Ring cycle was on 13 August 1876 at the Festival House in Bayreuth.

andrew shore as alberich in tankred dorst's production of das rheingold

Das Rheingold (as part of the complete Ring des Nibelungen) was produced in the following cities the first years after the world premiere at the Bayreuth Festival on 13 August 1876

1878 München
1879 Wien
1880 Hamburg
1881 Berlin (Angelo Neumann's travelling Wagner-Theatre with guest performances in Berliner Viktoria-Theater)
1882–1883 Angelo Neumann's travelling Wagner-Theatre on tour: London (Her Majesty's Theatre), Breslau, Königsberg, Danzig, Hannover, Bremen, Barmen, Dresden, Amsterdam, Brüssel, Aachen, Düsseldorf, Mainz, Darmstadt, Karlsruhe, Strassburg, Stuttgart, Basel, Venice, Bologna, Rome, Torino, Triest, Budapest, Graz – totaling 135 performances of the Ring!

 

 

Das Rheingold (complete) approximate timings

2.17 Heinz Tietjen, Bayreuth 1934
2.21 Siegfried Wagner, Bayreuth 1896
2.21 Michael Balling, Bayreuth 1909
2.22 von Hoesslin, Bayreuth 1927
2.23 Franz Beidler, Bayreuth 1904
2.25 Herbert von Karajan, Bayreuth 1951
2.26 Georg Solti, Wiener Philharmoniker 1958 (CD)
2.31 Karl Richter, Bayreuth 1876
2.32 Felix Mottl, Bayreuth 1896
2.32 Lothar Zagrosek, Stuttgart Ring (DVD)
2.34 Daniel Barenboim, Bayreuth 1991 (DVD)
2.36 Wilhelm Furtwängler, Bayreuth 1936
2.39 Elmendorff, Bayreuth 1930
2.42 Hans Knappertsbusch, Bayreuth 1951
2.43 James Levine, Metropolitan 1990 (DVD)

Sources: Richard Wagner Museum Bayreuth, Per-Erik Skramstad

 

 

 

Said about Das Rheingold

Peter Tchaikovsky on Das Rheingold

Musically, it is inconceivable nonsense, in which here and there occur beautiful, and even captivating, moments.
In a letter to Modeste Tchaikovsky, written 14 August 1876 (Bayreuth - The Early Years)