It was in Weimar that Richard Wagner began composing the first part of his Ring Cycle, Das Rheingold, and in 2008 the Nationaltheater Weimar began a new production of this unique tetralogy. The conductor was Carl St. Clair, a former student of Leonard Bernstein. With Michael Schulz's brilliant staging and an outstanding cast, a new gem of contemporary opera theater was born.
"Möwes as Alberich and Caves as Loge are absolutely superb. This performance works on all levels and is very satisfying…. St. Clair breathes musical life into it and certainly sounds dynamic and passionate, truly Wagnerian."—WholeNote
"This is the first installment of a 2008 Ring from Weimar that promises to be more than worthy of consideration among all the others on DVD, the product of excellent direction … and musicianship."—Musicweb International