Conductor: Lothar Zagrosek Directed for stage: Peter Konwitschny Orchestra: Staatsorchester Stuttgart
Picture Format: 16:9 Anamorph Sound Format: PCM stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1 Running Time: 280 Mins Region Code: PAL All Booklet Languages: GB, F, D Recording Date: 3 October 2002/12 January 2003 Recorded live at the Staatsoper Stuttgart
• The fourth and final part of Wagner's masterpiece, his epic Ring Cycle, given a revolutionary treatment by the Stuttgart Opera.
• For the first time in the history of The Ring cycle, each of its four sections was given to a different stage-director, providing an exciting range of varying perspectives with a unified theme. The decision to stage Wagner's Ring in four separate pieces, rather than as a single, integrated work spread over four evenings, liberated Gotterdammerung in particular from a need to draw together the threads of a holistic concept of the work.
• Director Peter Konwitschny chooses to ignore the wider myth-bound associations of the work and concentrates on the immediate motivations, emotions and obsessions of the characters. Gone are the gods awaiting nightfall in their imposing hall; the action instead is set on a simple wooden stage of a touring theatre company.