After Gergiev’s excellent, dramatic and somber-tragic ‘Walküre’, the Mariinsky label releases in September ‘Das Reingold’, the second installment of Richard Wagner’s ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen’ conducted by Valery Gergiev. Recorded in the sumptuous acoustic of the Mariinsky Concert Hall. ‘Das Rheingold’ is led by René Pape in the role of Wotan. ‘Siegfried’ and ‘Götterdämmerung’ will complete the cycle in 2014.

The Mariinsky Theatre has close connections with Wagner and his music. The composer conducted at the theatre and was even offered the post of Music Director. It is also believed to be the first place where any of the music from the Ring was performed. Since Valery Gergiev became Music Director of the Mariinsky, Wagner’s music has once again become a core part of the theatre’s repertoire, both in St Petersburg and on tour. Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky orchestra will perform ‘Das Rheingold’ and ‘Die Walküre’ at the ‘Festival Ljubljana’ in September.

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