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RING@EXPO
An exhilarating theatrical masterwork at a fascinating place.

The first complete performances of Richard Wagner DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN ever presented in Shanghai.
Don’t miss to be part of an unforgettable operatic event at the crossroads of ancient Chinese culture and most
modern bustling city-life. An exciting experience for every dedicated Wagnerian and opera lover.

16. – 19. September 2010 First RING-Cycle
21. – 24. September 2010 Second RING-Cycle

Richard Wagner
DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN

A production of
and
Oper Köln
Opera Cologne, Germany
at Shanghai Grand Theatre
Gürzenich-Orchestra Cologne

Shanghai Grand Theatre

‘We held our first guest performances in China in 2007 with the Gürzenich Orchestra Köln. The enthusiasm with which we were received, and the intense experiences of the concerts themselves, provided the impetus to return with the Opera ensemble and the entire Ring des Nibelungen.” Markus Stenz, Chief Conductor, Gürzenich-Orchestra Cologne

DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN
Ring Cycle - Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen
Vorabend
Das Rheingold
(The Rhinegold)

First Day
Die Walküre
(The Valkyrie)

Second Day
Siegfried

Third Day
Götterdämmerung
(Twilight oft the Gods)
Conductor
Markus Stenz

Director
Robert Carsen

Stage and Costume Designer
Patrick Kinmonth

Dramaturgie
Ian Burton
Lighting Designer
Manfred Voss

Chorus Master
Andrew Ollivant

Cast

Brünnhilde Catherine Foster | Sieglinde Astrid Weber | Fricka/Waltraute Dalia Schaechter

Erda Hilke Andersen | Wotan/Der Wanderer Greer Grimsley | Siegfried Stig Andersen

Siegmund Lance Ryan | Loge Carsten Süß | Fasolt/Hunding/Hagen Kurt Rydl

Alberich Oliver Zwarg | Mime Martin Koch | Donner/Gunther Samuel Youn

The Cologne production of the Ring des Nibelungen under the direction of Canadian Robert Carsen is often referred to as the ‘Green Ring’ as the production reflects the problems of the globalised world along with the changes and processes of destruction affecting modern civilisation. The production also investigates questions facing humanity having to do with man’s relationship to higher principles and to nature. In his opus, Richard Wagner delivered a commentary on the ecological and social consequences of industrialisation and capital development in 19th-century Europe. Wagner’s plot enlists elements of Germanic mythology and of mythology and sagas in general.

This guest performance is the result of elaborate organisational planning providing for participation by 350 singers and musicians and the transport of 30 containers from Germany. Cologne Opera will remain in China for a total of one month. 30 containers full of scenery will be moved to China in a voyage lasting 21 days and spanning 14,000 km. This circumstance alone casts a light upon the special significance of cultural exchange within the theatre and opera scene in Asia. (Opera Cologne)

Oper Köln was invited by the EXPO-Committee to stage their production of
DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN in Shanghai as official cultural contribution
to the EXPO 2010- in Shanghai

Uwe Eric Laufenberg, Intendant Oper der Stadt Köln

RING@EXPO enjoys the promotional support of the
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE WAGNER SOCIETIES

Prof. Eva Märtson, President Richard Wagner Verband International e.V.

Shanghai Grand Theatre

The theatre is located at Peoples‘ Square, in the very heart of the city. The building, that looks like a crystal palace in the light at night, was designed by French architect Jean-Marie Charpentier and was opened in 1998. The Shanghai Grand Theatre has three theatres. With 1,800 seats, the lyric theatre is divided into the auditorium, the 2nd-floor, the 3rd-floor and six balconies. The drama theatre has 750 seats and the studio theatre has 300 seats.

For more information see: http://www.culture.sh.cn/English


Shanghai EXPO 2010
Welcome to China

With its basic statements about nature, human aspirations to dominance and ‘growth and decay’, the opera tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen delivers a significant substantive contribution to the principal topics of Expo 2010.

Click here to get more information about EXPO 2010.

Dear friends of Richard Wagner,

since EXPO 2010 opened its doors people from all over the world are flocking into Shanghai to view this unique future oriented presentation of our global community. No doubt, one of the highlights will be the guest performance of the complete RING DES NIBELUNGEN by Oper Köln (Opera Cologne) together with the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, on stage in Shanghai for the first time ever. This Ring will definitely be the most significant performance in Wu Promotion’s 20-year history of promoting international cultural exchange. I’d like to cordially invite you to come to Shanghai to experience yourself the unforgettable harmony of Richard Wagner’s masterpiece with the tradition and modernity of my home country China.

Jiatong Wu, General Manager of Wu Promotion


Information and Tickets

Please choose the cycle and select price category (all seats stalls)

First Cycle: 16. – 19. September 2010 · Second Cycle: 21. – 24. September 2010

Das RING@EXPO-Package comprises:

DAS RHEINGOLD – DIE WALKÜRE – SIEGFRIED – GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG

· tickets for all 4 performances of a cycle at Shanghai Grand Theatre
· pre-performance lectures; meet and greet the artists
· backstage-guided tours; programme-book

Price Categories:

Price Category I: 672 €/Person
Price Category II: 486 €/ Person

For additional information and booking, please contact:

Ms. Qian Hoehne
Wu Promotion Co., Ltd
Tel: +86 10 51650798, Fax: +86 10 84417135, Mob: 13911417135
E-Mail: qian.hoehne@wupromotion.com

Ms. Valentina Cecchi
Wu Promotion Co., Ltd
Tel: +86 10 51650798 ext.32, Fax: +86 10 84417135
E-Mail: valentina.cecchi@wupromotion.com

or

Dr. Hans-Jürgen Gaida,
Richard Wagner Association Münster/Germany, Artistic Advisory Council
E-Mail: gaida@gaidaconsult.de


Under special patronage of Richard Wagner Verband International. e.V. and Chinesisches Zentrum, Hannover.e.V.

Impressum

By order of Wu Promotion, Beijing/Shanghai, www.wupromotion.com
China tour:: Oper Köln, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Wu Promotion
Text/Photo: Oper Köln/Gürzenich-Orchester Köln/RWVI/Wu Promotion/gaidaconsult
Editor: Dr. Hans-Jürgen Gaida, Tiergartenstr. 8, 30559 Hannover, www.gaidaconsult.de
Layout: www.uc-communication.de

All information subject to alterations