It could get interesting on saturday at the bayerische staatsoper in munich. Andreas kriegenburg brings "das rheingold" there on the stage and gives the starting signal for his new interpretation of richard wagner's opera cycle "ring of the nibelungen. What kriegenburg has in mind should make wagnerians sit up and take notice shortly before the major anniversary year of 2013.
His production was particularly impressive because of the sheer mass of people on the stage. For a fixed stage image is almost non-existent. This is how the castle of valhalla is portrayed by people. Countless extras throw off their robes, smear each other with blue paint – and become the rhine. Fur kriegenburg, who did not even particularly like wagner three years ago and was more interested in "klangwelten handels" at home, it is a form, the "ring" to democratize. He doesn't want everything to revolve around just a few singers.
"We are certainly not trying to stage a self-boasting production of the "ring" to make. There are enough of them", he says. Instead, he wants to devote himself to wagner the payer and show his figures without classifying or even labeling them. Wotan as a tumbler, industrialist or general? "We try to avoid all these classifications."