DVD/Blu-Ray

The Metropolitan Opera 2010-2012

Ring01
DVD and Blu-Ray

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, German
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Number of discs: 8 DVD; 5 Blu-Ray
Studio: Decca
Release Date: 2012
Robert Lepage / James Levine & Fabio Luisi

The Metropolitan Opera’s production features James Levine and Fabio Luisi as conductors. Also included is ‘Wagner’s Dream: The Making of the Ring’, a documentary that follows the five-year struggle it took the opera company to bring the epic production to the stage. The staging, by Robert Lepage, involved 24 identical wedges (“The Machine”) able to rotate independently on a horizontal axis across the stage.

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Frankfurt 2012

Ring19
DVD Only

Subtitles: English, German
Number of discs: 8
Studio: Oehms Classics
Release Date: 2013
Vera Nemirova / Sebastian Weigle

Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra & Choir of the Frankfurt Opera. Recorded live June/July 2012, Frankfurt

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Milan 2010

scala

DVD and Blu-Ray

Subtitles: German, Italian, French, Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 – 1.78:1
Studio: Arthaus
DVD Release Date: 2 Feb 2015
Guy Cassiers / Daniel Barenboim

Richard Wagner’s “Ring” at the world-famous La Scala in Milan is a first-class musical experience featuring one of the greatest conductors of our time at the podium: Daniel Barenboim. Wagner’s tale about the power of the ring, the reign of gold and the battle between dwarves, giants, gods and mortals is picturesque, complex and deeply psychological. It is a demanding work for musicians, singers and the production team. In his stage production, the Belgian Guy Cassiers conveys the aesthetic quality and musical brilliance of this gesamtkunstwerk in dazzling imagery.

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Lubeck 2010

Ring10
DVD Only

Number of discs: 7
Studio: Musicaphon
Release Date: 2011
Anthony Pilavachi / Roman Brogli-Sacher

Roman Brogli-Sacher leads the Lübeck Philharmonic Orchestra in this performance of Wagner’s epic opera, staged by Anthony Pilavachi.

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Valencia 2009

Ring08

DVD and Blu-Ray

Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Number of discs: 8 DVD, 4 Blu-Ray
Studio: C MAJOR ENTERTAINMENT
Release Date: 2010
Carlus Padrissa / Zubin Mehta

Richard Wagner’s complete work recorded live at Valencia’s Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in 2009.  Staged by the Catalan theatre company La Fura dels Baus.  Zubin Mehta conducts the Orquesta de la Comunitat Valenciana, with performances by Juha Uusitalo, Anna Larsson, Franz-Josef Kapelmann, and John Daszak.

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Weimar 2008

Ring12
DVD and Blu-Ray

Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Number of discs:  DVD 7, Blu-Ray 4
Studio: ARTHAUS
Release Date: 2009
Michael Schulz / Carl St. Clair

Director Michael Schulz’s production of Wagner’s Ring cycle, with Frieder Aurich, Kirsten  Blanck, Erin Caves, and the opera chorus of the Weimar National Theatre, conducted by Carl St.Clair. From The Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar.

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Copenhagen 2006

Ring20
DVD Only

Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Number of discs: 7
Studio: Universal Classics & Jazz
Release Date: 2008
Kasper Bech Holten / Michael Schonwandt

Performed by the Royal Danish Opera and conducted by Michael Schonwandt.

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Barcelona 2004

Ring09
DVD Only

Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Number of discs: 11
Studio: Opus Arte
Release Date: 2006
Harry Kupfer / Bertrand de Billy

Bertrand de Billy conducting the Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu. The second directed by Harry Kupfer.

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Stuttgart 2003

Ring18
DVD Only

Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Number of discs: 7
Studio: MediciArts
Release Date: 2004; re-released in 2010
Various / Lothar Zagrosek

Lothar Zagrosek leads the Staatsorchester Stuttgart in this performance recorded live in 2003. Performers include Wolfgang Probst, Michaela Schuster, Angela Denoke and Renate Behle. Modern dress staging.

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Amsterdam 1999

Ring11
DVD Only

Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Japanese
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Number of discs: 11
Studio: Opus Arte
Release Date: 2008; re-released in 2013
Pierre Audi / Hartmut Haenchen

Hartmut Haenchen conducting the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. This 1999 production of The Ring was the first to be based on the definitive complete edition of Wagner’s music. Pierre Audi’s production for the Netherlands Opera blends the lyrical, mythical and philosophical qualities of Wagner’s tetralogy into a profound unity. Amazing sets by George Tsypin and wonderful costumes by Oscar-winning Eiko Ishioka complement singing and playing of great intensity from the cast under the baton of Hartmut Haenchen, who leads an unusually flowing, texturally sensitive interpretation, creating a vigorous yet often intimate impression that comes closer than many modern performances to the scale of Wagner’s original conception.

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Beyreuth Festival 1991-1992

Ring03
DVD and Blu-Ray

Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Number of discs: 7 DVD, 4 Blu-Ray
Studio: Warner Classics & Jazz
Release Date: DVD 2007; re-released in 2009 Blu-Ray 2012.
Harry Kupfer / Daniel Barenboim

Recorded live at the Bayreuther Festspiele, with Daniel Barenboim conducting, Harry Kupfer directs.

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The Metropolitan Opera 1987-1989

Ring04
DVD only

Subtitles: English, French, Chinese, Spanish, German
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Number of discs: 7
Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2002
Otto Schenk / James Levine

The James Levine cycle of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.

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Beyreuth Festival 1979-1980

Ring06
DVD Only

Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Number of discs: 5
Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2001; re-released 2005
Patrice Chéreau / Pierre Boulez

When Chereau’s production of this Ring was first seen, and Boulez’s conducting first heard, there were howls of abuse in all directions. But sober reflection, as it so often does, mitigates some of the more extreme reactions of that time: the fact is that this is a marvellous Ring Cycle, superbly and luminously played, sung, and recorded.

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Miscellaneous

The Ring Without Words

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DVD and Blu-Ray

A unique synthesis of orchestral music from Wagner’s Ring cycle. Arranged by Lorin Maazel, the work was designed to be free flowing (no breaks) and chronological, beginning with the first note of Rheingold and finishing with the last chord of Gotterdammerung.
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The World of The Ring

Documentary - The World of the Ring

Blu-Ray

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The Colón Ring: Buenos Aries 2012

Ring13
DVD and Blu-Ray

Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Number of discs: 5 DVD; 3 Blu-Ray
Studio: C Major
Release Date: 2013

I’ve included this after some hesitation – it’s an abridged version, cut back to 7 hours so it could be performed in a single day. Also set in revolutionary Argentina.  Directed by Valentina Carrasco.

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Valencia 2009 Highlights

Ring21
DVD and Blu-Ray

Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Studio: C MAJOR ENTERTAINMENT
Release Date: 2010

One disk highlights version of the Valencia box-set.

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Salzburger Marionettentheater

Ring22
DVD Only

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2 hour puppet version of The RIng! 2012/13 film but to an older recording of extracts from The Ring.

 

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