To celebrate Richard Wagner’s 200th birthday, Buenos Aires’ famous opera house the Teatro Colón puts together a one-of-a-kind production: performing the entirety of Wagner’s powerful musical drama The Ring of the Nibelung on stage in a single day.
The documentary film Der Colón Ring – Wagner in Buenos Aires (The Colón Ring – Wagner in Buenos Aires), directed by Hans Christoph von Bock, follows each step of the unusual project. The film entertains viewers while presenting Wagner’s vision of The Ring of the Nibelung as the huge piece of art and all-encompassing live theater experience beloved by audiences around the globe.
Born in Frankfurt, director Hans Christoph von Bock grew up listening to Bach and Beethoven on records and on the piano at home and at school. His first encounter with Richard Wagner's music was in the Frankfurt Opera where he saw the title character from Parsifal saving the ailing Grail Knights. The sheer power of Wagner's theatrical intensity overtook him. Since then, Richard Wagner's music dramas have never let him go.
Picture: © Teatro Colón, DW, Adrian Perez
Lothar Zagrosek, Peter Konwitschny – Albert Bonnema (Siegfried), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Gutrune) – Staatsoper Stuttgart
With Carlus Padrissa and La Fura dels Baus