Pre-order the Metropolitan Operas new production of Der Ring des Nibelungen unveiled between 2010 and 2012 and starring some of the greatest Wagnerian singers of today, is among the most ambitious Ring stagings ever mounted.

The most famous, the most performed, the most thrilling, and the most recorded opera cycle in music history.

Already seen by over a million people in the theatre and at cinemas around the globe, the Met Ring was filmed live in high definition and is now being released on both DVD and Blu-ray to launch Deutsche Grammophon’s celebration of the composer’s bicentenary year in 2013.

WAGNER Der Ring des Nibelungen. Stephanie Blythe, Jonas Kaufmann, Hans-Peter Konig, Jay Hunter Morris, Eric Owens, Gerhard Siegel, Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voigt, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus / James Levine, Fabio Luisi. 5 Blu-ray discsPRE-ORDER BLU-RAY EDITION:
WAGNER Der Ring des Nibelungen. Stephanie Blythe, Jonas Kaufmann, Hans-Peter Konig, Jay Hunter Morris, Eric Owens, Gerhard Siegel, Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voigt, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus / James Levine, Fabio Luisi. 5 Blu-ray discsView or buy
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WAGNER Der Ring des Nibelungen. Stephanie Blythe, Jonas Kaufmann, Hans-Peter Konig, Jay Hunter Morris, Eric Owens, Gerhard Siegel, Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voigt, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus / James Levine, Fabio Luisi. DG 8 DVDsView or buy

The Met’s production, directed by legendary theatre visionary Robert Lepage, uses a 90,000lb “tectonic” set – an infinitely mobile, writhing, rotating raft of 24 individually pivoting aluminium planks that came to be nicknamed “The Machine” – in a dazzlingly cinematic staging that harnesses the latest interactive and 3D video technology to realize many previously “unstageable” aspects of Wagner’s epic drama. It is at once a state-of-the-art production for the 21st century and a deeply traditional Ring. In Lepage’s words, “it’s the movie that Wagner wanted to make before movies existed.” For the Boston Globe, it’s “a high-tech Ring with a traditional heart”. In the London Telegraph’s view, it’s “a triumph, at once subtle and spectacular, intimate and epic”.

Already seen by over a million people in the theatre and at cinemas around the globe, the Met Ring was filmed live in high definition and is now being released on both DVD and Blu-ray to launch Deutsche Grammophon’s celebration of the composer’s bicentenary year in 2013.

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With Bryn Terfel, widely acknowledged as one of the finest bass-baritones of our age, performing his first complete cycles as the embattled god Wotan and American soprano Deborah Voigt making her role debut as his disobedient warrior-daughter Brünnhilde, alongside international stars Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Maria Westbroek as the incestuous Siegmund and Sieglinde, and last-minute stand-in Jay Hunter Morris – a thrilling new tenor from Paris, Texas – saving the day as the fearless but ill-fated hero Siegfried, the New York Times declared the cast “as strong a lineup of vocal artists for a Wagner opera as I have heard in years”.

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Acclaim was equally enthusiastic for the cycle’s two conductors: James Levine, the Met’s longstanding Music Director, who has conducted 21 complete Ring cycles at the Met; and Fabio Luisi, the Met’s Italian-born Principal Conductor, who took over conducting the second half of the cycle after illness caused Levine to withdraw. “Levine drew exciting, wondrously natural playing from the great Met orchestra”, wrote the New York Times, while “Luisi brings out the score’s three-dimensional detail and animal heat”, wrote New York Magazine.

To complement the complete Ring cycle on both DVD and Blu-ray, Deutsche Grammophon is releasing two related titles: Twilight of the Gods, a 2-CD compilation of audio highlights from the Met Ring – featuring all the major stars of the production and such famous extracts as The Ride of the Valkyries, Wotan’s Farewell, the Magic Fire Music, Siegfried’s Rhine Journey and the concluding Immolation Scene – and Wagner’s Dream, a frank and revealing documentary about the five-year making of the Met’s new Ring that has already been acclaimed as “simply the best documentary about the Met ever made” (Film Journal), “a must-see for any creative soul” (Cinespect) and “destined to be one of the classic documentaries about opera” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

WAGNER Twilight of the Gods. The Ultimate Wagner Ring Collection. Stephanie Blythe, Jonas Kaufmann, Jay Hunter Morris, Eric Owens, Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voigt, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus / James Levine, Fabio Luisi. DG 2cdsPRE-ORDER:
WAGNER Twilight of the Gods. The Ultimate Wagner Ring Collection. Stephanie Blythe, Jonas Kaufmann, Jay Hunter Morris, Eric Owens, Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voigt, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus / James Levine, Fabio Luisi. DG 2cdssView or buy

WAGNER`S DREAM The Making of The Metropolitan Opera`s New Der Ring Des Nibelungen. The Metropolitan Opera. DG Blu-RayPRE-ORDER BLU-RAY EDITION:
WAGNER`S DREAM The Making of The Metropolitan Opera`s New Der Ring Des Nibelungen. The Metropolitan Opera. DG Blu-RayView or buy
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