Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen – Complete Ring Cycle (Levine, Metropolitan Opera)

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Richard Wagner's epic cycle of four operas–"Das Rheingold," "Die Walkure," "Siegfried" and "Gotterdammerung"–staged to great acclaim by the Metropolitan Opera and conducted by James Levine. Singers include Alan Held, Anthony Raffell, Gary Lakes, Heinz

Product Details

  • Actors: Hildegard Behrens, Siegfried Jerusalem, Matti Salminen, Christa Ludwig, Anthony Raffell
  • Directors: Brian Large
  • Writers: Richard Wagner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Classical, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Chinese (Dolby Digital 5.1), German (Unknown), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), English (PCM Stereo), English (Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Chinese, Spanish, German
  • Dubbed: German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: NR Not Rated
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: November 12, 2002
  • Run Time: 941.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B00006L9ZT
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Customer Reviews

Be carried to a different world

 on September 9, 2017
By Bernie (xyzzy)
The true history of the word and the history of the gods transcribed by Wagner and recorded for posterity by The Metropolitan Orchestra under the direction of James Levine.

Great opera but a flaw in production of these disks

 on July 14, 2017
By Paul N. Duckro
This is a great production. We have watched the first two operas now. The only issue I want to bring out for buyers is that the English subtitles for the third act of Die Walkure are jumbled and incomplete. It is very hard to follow unless you know the text. I hope that the Met team might look into what happened in production.

Wagner, the Met and total art

2 people found this helpful.
 on December 1, 2014
By M. Galishoff
I watched this production in one week and it was an amazing experience. This is grand opera as total art at its best and the Met spares nothing to achieve it. Levine is a terrific interpreter and the cast of Wagnerian singers are some of the best. There are newer productions but this set is a classic and it should not be missed.

Probably as good as it will get!

8 people found this helpful.
 on March 7, 2009
By Jaydoggy
The task of performing The Niebelung’s Ring in its entirety is probably the most difficult for any opera house. An enormous cast is required, over fifteen hours of music, very difficult passages in the orchestra… not to mention a conductor who knows the score front to back. On top of all that the stage and costumes need to be pristine.

This Ring is Wagner’s Ring

8 people found this helpful.
 on October 7, 2009
By J. Camhi
This is Der Ring Des Nibelugen the way Wagner meant it to be. Otto Schenk based his stage directions on Wagner’s stage directions. This brilliant production has the gods, giants, humans, and dwarfs in their proper environments. This is the production against which all the new “clever” productions should be judged. I’m not an expert on opera, but to me the singing and music were fantastic. I loved Hildergard Behrens and thought she did a great job singing and acting. James Morris was fantastic. Siegfried Jerusalem was great as both Logi and Siegfried . Ekkehard Wlaschiha and Heinz Zedick were excellent, too. In fact, I enjoyed all the actors/singers. Levine did a great job conducting. I have recently seen live postmodern versions of the first three operas of this opera cycle, and that has made me appreciate this traditional production even more. It is a shame the Met has retired this production, and I’ll never get to see it live.

Good enough, I’d say

12 people found this helpful.
 on June 20, 2007
By C. Lunde
This Ring Cycle does *not* deserve three-and-a-half stars, so I’m trying to up the average–I’d prefer to give it four-and-a-half, but there we go.

Easily the Best Ring on DVD

12 people found this helpful.
 on April 3, 2015
By James A. Altena
While not the best Ring ever recorded (for those, go to the two live 1953 cycles conducted respectively by Joseph Keiberth and Clemens Krauss, with Martha Moedl and Astrid Varnay as the respective Bruennhildes; the Krauss/Varany has received much more press and circulation, but I prefer Keilberth/Moedl), it is far and away the best-sung and best-staged Ring on DVD. Thankfully, no Eurotrash or Regietheater staging here — just beautifully rendered, totally realistic sets by master designer Otto Schenck. If not quite a Golden Age cast vocally, it is a very fine one — real singing, no Sprechgesang and barking. James Morris a bit dry-voiced as Wotan, but still authoritative. Hildegard Behrens is stretched to her limits as Bruennhilde, but she manages to get through it all creditably. Gary Lakes and Jessye Norman make a fine and stalwart (if not absolutely electrifying) pair of twins. It’s wonderful to have a tenor of the caliber of Siegfried Jerusalem as Loge and the two Siegfrieds (and one look actually looks the latter part), even if he does tire by the latter part of Act III of his eponymous opera. Heinz Zednik does not match Paul Kuen at Bayreuth in the 1950s, but is a reasonably effective Mime. Ekkehard Wlaschiha has a coarser voice than did Gustav Neidlinger, but is a potent Alberich. Matti Salminen and Kurt Moll excel in the villainous bass roles they assume. Even in the twilight years of her career, Christa Ludwig is a splendid vocal presence as Fricka and Waltraute. All the smaller roles are well taken. Levine’s conducting is slow at times, though not so much as, say, Knappertsbusch, and he deserves credit for making the Met orchestra into a real professional ensemble instead of a scrappy pit band.

Learning to appreciate Wagner

18 people found this helpful.
 on September 4, 2006
By Frank Bunyard
Most of the reviewers of this DVD set of Wagner’s “Ring” are seasoned Wagnerites. Thus we get some quibbling about this or that stage effect, high or low note, and the like. I’m writing as a Wagner neophyte.

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on January 27, 2017
By Merle K.
The very best production of Wagner’s masterpiece. Beautiful mythological sets. Great singing.

Four Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on January 21, 2017
By kenneth braun
Beautifully sung and staged. Disappointed that there is no English libretto on the screen.

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