"Imagine you are dying, and in the last second of your life, in your mind's eye you see all the images that made you what you are now; but also all the images that might explain why you are dying now - or rather why you have to die now. All that happens in a moment, a fraction of a second. Mine and your task is to bring this moment, this second, to the stage and convey it emotionally to the audience."

We begin with Siegfried's death, with the funeral march and end with the Valkyrie, having a presentiment of the Rheingold and the arising life. The entire retrospective is accompanied by a parallel, commentary film, which primarily reveals the inner world of Siegfried and Siegmund through associative sequences and images.

We begin with Siegfried's death, with the funeral march; We go all the way back, via 'Götterdämmerung' to the 'Rheingold', to understand, how it could come so far, how it had to come that way. We are accompanied by a parallel running commentary film, which reveals the inner world of Siegfried primarily through associative pictures and sequences. Just when we think we are finding a strange peace in the waves of the Rhinegold, Hagens fury suddenly strikes us in thunderclaps.

Our 'Ring' begins and ends with Siegfried's death

When I was contacted a few months ago by Andreas Schager with the request to develop a concept for "Fascination Wagner", I immediately realized that one needs to dissect a central strand of the ring tetralogy, so to speak, only within a directed concert: The father - son - grandson relationship.

For years I have been working on my theatrical / musicological doctoral thesis and trying as a director to find a way to discuss the relationship Wotans to his children and grandchildren scenic and analyze.

In my doctoral thesis ("The Ring of the Nibelungen - Decline of Family Structures as a Dramaturgical Tool in Richard Wagner's Ring Tetralogy", Summer 2008, Frankfurt am Main) I speak of Wotan and his attempt to exploit son Siegmund and grandson Siegfried, to abuse them as an extended arm or as an instrument of power ; but it is also Wotan's responsibility to have caused, directly or indirectly, the death his own flesh and blood.

Only within a directed concert, also only with a singer like Andreas Schager, who can impersonate Siegmund and Siegfried like hardly any other tenor of our days, it is possible to follow the emergence and conception of Richard Wagner's history of consistently retelling the ring tetralogy to understand the main strand of the ring tetralogy - not from the perspective (rather distress) of Wotan, but from the final tragedy of Siegfried.

Selcuk Cara, October 2017

World premiere in Prague

The world premiere of Faszination Wagner will take place on 25 and 26 October 2018 in the Forum Karlin in cooperation with the Czech National Opera and the Prague State Opera.

Faszination Wagner - Szenenbild

Upcoming performances

Thu, 25 Oct 2018, 19:00
Forum Karlin (Prag)
Fri, 26 Oct 2018, 19:00
Forum Karlin (Prag)
Wed, 29 May 2019, 19:30
Staatstheater Wiesbaden

Unser besonderer Dank gilt dem Kulturamt des Landes Niederösterreich für die großzügge Unterstützung

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