Gold, Glanz und Götter

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  • Eine Szene aus Gold, Glanz und Götter
    © Ingo Höhn
  • Eine Szene aus Gold, Glanz und Götter
    © Ingo Höhn
  • Eine Szene aus Gold, Glanz und Götter
    © Ingo Höhn
  • Eine Szene aus Gold, Glanz und Götter
    © Ingo Höhn
  • Eine Szene aus Gold, Glanz und Götter
    © Ingo Höhn
  • Parcours, start in the foyer
  • 1 hour 30 minutes without an intermission
  • Interesting for people from 12+

Basel's Rheingold

The Rheingold is the driving force of Richard Wagner's 'Der Ring des Nibelungen'. At the beginning of the tetralogy, still resting as a natural raw material in the Rhine, it is stolen by Alberich and turned into an instrument of power. The director duo Kroesinger/Dura takes the motif of the gold theft as the starting point for an investigative examination of Basel's colonial history. A musical-theatrical tour in several stations at the Theater Basel illuminates the role of influential Basel families in the slave trade and the lucrative activities of the Basel mission on Africa's Gold Coast. 
Hans-Werner Kroesinger and Regine Dura are among the pioneers of documentary theatre. In their productions, eyewitness accounts and historical documents are condensed into multi-layered narratives about our history and present. 

Together with musicians of the Sinfonieorchester Basel, 'Ring' conductor Jonathan Nott introduces the musical structures and presents the most important leitmotifs.

  • Rehearsal Centre Picassoplatz
  • 22.8.2023, 7:30 pm
  • Collection

The 'Ring' in short form: Ansi Verwey presents the opera cycle on the piano. A one-woman show for everyone who loves, hates, knows or wants to discover Wagner.

  • Small Stage
  • 29.8.2023, 8pm
  • CHF 40.-
  • Thank you! With the kind support of Theaterverein Basel

In an introduction followed by a visit to a final rehearsal, the directing team will give an insight into the new productions of 'Das Rheingold' and 'Die Walküre'.

  • 'Das Rheingold', Foyer, 4.9.2023, 6:30 p.m.
  • 'Die Walküre', Foyer, 11.9.2023, 6:30 p.m.
  • CHF 10.-

On four Thursday evenings, Basel director and performer Marcel Schwald and dramaturge Jonas Gillmann invite artists from the festival and other guests to a late-night talk. The evening will be musically accompanied by Les Reines Prochaines.

  • in the theatre café
  • 14/21/28 September and 5 October 2023, 9:30 p.m.
  • Free admission

Together with the dramaturgy, Basel's Kulturhaus Bider & Tanner has curated the book table for our plays for many years. Now this selection of books, CDs, DVDs, catalogues or even sheet music can be accessed at any time in the online shop. It's worth browsing regularly.

Book table

With the kind support of the Scheidegger-Thommen Stiftung



After more than 40 years, 'The Ring' is returning to Theater Basel. In the autumns of 2023 and 2024, the premières of 'Das Rheingold', 'Die Walküre', 'Siegfried' and 'Götterdämmerung' will be accompanied by a festival lasting several weeks with commissioned works, discussion series, late-night formats and other events that take their own perspectives on the diverse thematic complexes of 'Der Ring'.


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