Twilight: Gods - Michigan Opera Theatre

Overview

Michigan Opera Theatre is taking opera to a whole new level – literally – with Twilight: Gods, a one-of-a-kind musical experience inside the Detroit Opera House Parking Center! Part live performance, part immersive installation, audiences remain in their cars to experience scenes from the final opera of Wagner’s Ring Cycle on various levels of the parking structure. The “drive-thru” performance features an extraordinary cast in an entirely new light: Christine Goerke, the world’s leading Brünnhilde; internationally-acclaimed tenor Sean Panikkar as Siegfried; and the magnificent bass Morris Robinson as Hagen. Detroit cultural icon Marsha Music performs new poetry that connects Wagner’s mythological world with the here-and-now of our city and our time.

Twilight: Gods is conceived and directed by Yuval Sharon and marks his first production as MOT’s newly-appointed Gary L. Wasserman Artistic Director. Co-commissioned by Michigan Opera Theatre and Lyric Opera of Chicago, Twilight: Gods is a return to live performance and the beginning of a new, innovative era at Michigan Opera Theatre!

Learn more about Yuval Sharon, Gary L. Wasserman Artistic Director, here.

 

VIP Sponsorships

Michigan Opera Theatre’s annual Fall Fundraiser tradition continues with an evening to celebrate the new appointment of Gary L. Wasserman Artistic Director, Yuval Sharon. Please join us for our first-ever entirely drive-thru event to commemorate the opening night of Twilight: Gods and the exciting next chapter of MOT’s future.

To learn more, contact Jocelyn Aptowitz, Development Associate, at 313.237.3236 or japtowitz@motopera.org.

Fast Facts

A drive-thru experience of Richard
Wagner’s opera Götterdämmerung
(Twilight of the Gods)

Co-commissioned by Michigan Opera
Theatre and Lyric Opera of Chicago

Concept, Direction, and English
translation by Yuval Sharon

Production Design by PXT Studio
(Jason Thompson and Kaitlyn Pietras)

Sound Design by Mark Grey

Musical arrangement by Ed Windels
With new narrative poetry by
Marsha Music

This production
Directed by Yuval Sharon
Sung in English
Run time: 65 minutes

Artists

Donnie Ray Albert

Alberich

William Billingham

Musical Advisor

Avery Boettcher
SA

Woglinde

Christine Goerke

Brünnhilde

Mark Grey

Sound Designer

Olivia Johnson

Wellgunde

Kaswanna Kanyinda

Flossfilde

Catherine Martin

Waltraute

Marsha Music

Queen Erda/Poet

Sean Panikkar

Siegfried

PXT Studio

Scenic, Lighting, and Projection Designer

Morris Robinson

Hagen

Yuval Sharon

Director

Ed Windels

Orchestrator/Arranger

Synopsis

PROLOGUE

Erda, Mother Earth, introduces us to the story of a golden ring that gives eternal power to whoever possesses it. For generations, gods, giants, and dwarves have fought for possession of the ring, and many have died in their power-hungry pursuit. Brünnhilde, Erda’s daughter with the chief god Wotan, is the one destined to bring about the end of this struggle – although at the beginning of this story, she is simply a woman in love with the hero, Siegfried. As a token of his love, Siegfried gives Brünnhilde the ring, unaware of its corrupting influence.

SCENE 1: WALTRAUTE’S STORY

The ring was made from gold stolen from the depths of the river. The chief god Wotan, who desires omniscient power above everything else, is so desperate to possess the ring, he has created Siegfried as a warrior to claim it. But disillusioned from generations of violence, Wotan now believes all his plans are vain illusion. He wastes away on his throne, awaiting his death and the destruction of his empire. Brünnhilde’s sister Waltraute reports to her sister on the sad state of their father.

SCENE 2: GENERATIONS OF HATRED

Wotan’s chief rival is Alberich, a small-minded man obsessed with claiming the ring for himself. Like Wotan, he too has fathered a son to serve as his warrior in the battle for the ring: the bitter, loveless Hagen. As Hagen sleeps, his father comes to him in dreams to ensure his son stays the course.

SCENE 3: SIEGFRIED’S DEATH

The only hope for humanity is for the ring to be restored to nature: back in the river, where it was first stolen. The Rheinmaidens, the three sisters of the river who were meant to protect the gold, appear to Siegfried as a premonition of his death. Hagen stabs Siegfried in the back, and he sings a dying hymn of love to the true hero of this story: Brünnhilde.

SCENE 4: SIEGFRIED’S FUNERAL MARCH

SCENE 5: BRÜNNHILDE’S IMMOLATION

Brünnhilde claims the ring from Siegfried’s corpse. She mounts her horse and prepares to ride into Siegfried’s funeral pyre, an act that precipitates the return of the ring to the Rheinmaidens and the fire to incinerate her father Wotan’s palace. The gods and the corrupt world they have created are burned to the ground, with the hope that a new, better world will arise.


What else happens in Wagner’s full opera? Click Here, or go to the Additional Resources section on this page to hear Marsha
Music’s re-telling of the tale.

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Michigan Opera Theatre Adds FREE SCREENINGS of Twilight: Gods to Oct. 20-21 Performances

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Reviews: Twilight: Gods

Patricia Wheeler –“What an incredible performance – every element was perfectly thought our and beyond my wildest dreams. To get to experience such top-rate opera during a pandemic is a joy. Bravo!”

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Fast Facts

A drive-thru experience of Richard
Wagner’s opera Götterdämmerung
(Twilight of the Gods)

Co-commissioned by Michigan Opera
Theatre and Lyric Opera of Chicago

Concept, Direction, and English
translation by Yuval Sharon

Production Design by PXT Studio
(Jason Thompson and Kaitlyn Pietras)

Sound Design by Mark Grey

Musical arrangement by Ed Windels
With new narrative poetry by
Marsha Music

This production
Directed by Yuval Sharon
Sung in English
Run time: 65 minutes

Sponsors

William Davidson Foundation Logo