Der Ring des Nibelungen is one of the most ambitious works written for the Western stage. Created in 1876, this “scenic festival staged in a prologue and three days”, as Wagner named it, consists of four operas totalling more than fifteen hours of music. The invitation extended to Robert Lepage and Ex Machina by the New York Metropolitan Opera, to create a new production of this masterpiece, shows the high degree of recognition the company now enjoys.
In the legendary universe created by Wagner, the gods compete with giants and the Nibelungen; heroes alongside humans, who in the end of the tetralogy dominate the Earth. This story is influenced by Scandinavian, German and Greek mythologies. Thirsty for gold, power or love, the characters of the Ring provide a fertile ground for dramatic conflicts and universal archetypes.
Robert Lepage and the design team have started working on this project since the fall of 2006, through workshops, research, creation and development held mainly at La Caserne in Quebec City. Ex Machina’s Ring for the Metropolitan Opera will be presented during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, with presentation of the complete cycle in the spring of 2012.
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