Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods) is the fourth and final work of Der Ring des Nibelungen cycle, which centres upon a magic ring made of gold from the Rhine river. It was composed 1865-74 and first performed as part of the complete Ring cycle, at the Festspielhaus, Bayreuth, on August 17, 1876
John Kinsella was commissioned to adapt Wagner's German libretto to the context of Western Australia, which has an established history with the search for gold. Kinsella himself has said it is not a translation, 'but a new interpretation of Wagner's text, which innovates and interprets the original'. (The Courier-Mail 1 February 2003, p.8)
First performed at the Perth International Arts Festival (2003) on 13 and 15 February 2003, in a simultaneous indoor/outdoor production - inside Perth's Concert Hall and on the banks of the Swan River. Season directed by Neill Gladwin.
* Contents derived from the Perth,Western Australia,:Perth International Arts Festival,2003 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
This publication has been prepared to accompany the program for the premiere production of Gotterdammerung, the Lotteries Golden Festival Finale, performed at the Perth International Arts Festival 2003 Golden Anniversary Celebrations.