Der Ring in Minden

Der Ring in Minden
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Der Ring in Minden was a project to stage Richard Wagner's cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Stadttheater Minden, beginning in 2015 with Das Rheingold, followed by the other parts in the succeeding years, and culminating with the complete cycle performed twice in 2019. The stage director was Gerd Heinz, and Frank Beermann conducted the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, playing on the stage of the small theatre. The singers acted in front of the orchestra, making an intimate approach to the dramatic situations possible. The project received international recognition and was compared favourably to the Bayreuth Festival.


In 1999, a project to show stage works by Richard Wagner was begun by the Richard-Wagner-Verband in Minden, the Stadttheater Minden and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie.[1] Jutta Hering-Winckler, the president of the Richard-Wagner-Verband, was the driving force of the Wagner project, and particularly the Ring in Minden.[2][3] The first work presented was Der fliegende Holländer in 2002, followed by Tannhäuser in 2005, staged by Keith Warner and conducted by Frank Beermann.[4] After Lohengrin in 2009 and Tristan und Isolde in 2012,[5] the Ring project, aiming to present the complete Der Ring des Nibelungen, opened in 2015 with Das Rheingold. It was followed a year later by Die Walküre, in 2017 by Siegfried, and in 2018 by Götterdämmerung.[6] In 2019, the complete cycle was presented twice.[7]

In 2019, the Rheingold production was presented in a concert version as the opening of the Kissinger Sommer festival supported by the state of Bavaria.[8]

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