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The Ring Cycle / Théâtre antique Orange

Eleven years later, Jean-Claude Riber approached Svoboda with an invitation to collaborate with him for a staging of The Ring of the Nibelung trilogy in Orange, France, and the gorgeous antic setting enticed him to agree. He conceived the design as three galaxies. The first comprised the public seated in the semicircle of the original amphitheatre. Across from them, there was a semi-circular staircase copying the shape of the auditorium, which was separated into segments that moved along their semi-circular track with the help of motors and created various configurations and lasted for the fourteen hours of Wagner’s music. Above that, Svoboda placed a gigantic half-sphere, on whose lower edge there was a steel ring from which all of the reflectors were suspended.  This half-sphere was covered with a special perforated foil, which not only was perfect for projections but could also be backlit to reveal the ancient wall behind it. The third galaxy consisted of the orchestra, who were seated in the middle of the circle.

Richard Wagner: DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN
Théâtre antique Orange

director: Jean-Claude Riber
conductor: Marek Janowski
costume designer: Jarmila Konečná

More information about production

DAS RHEINGOLD,
premiere: 9. 7. 1988

DIE WALKÜRIE,
premiere: 16. 7. 1988

SIEGFRIED,
premiere: 26. 7. 1988

GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG
premiere: 30. 7. 1988