"Alberich comes up from the depths of the earth to the three daughters of the Rhine; all spurn, joking and teasing, the goblin. This is when the Rhinegold begins to shine; Alberich cannot resist. The girls think it is there for their pleasure and play: but many wonders could he win with it, gain power and power, wealth and dominion through the gold, he who knows how to compel it to a ring: but only those who renounce love, understand that!” They laugh at him again. The Nibelung becomes furious: he swears off love, steals the gold and abducts it into the depths ..." (Richard Wagner, 1851).
In 1848 Wagner submitted his draft of “the Niebelung Myth". After further preparatory work for the "Ring des Nibelungen" he told Franz Liszt: "I must communicate my whole myth, in its deepest and most profound meaning, in the utmost artistic clarity, in order to be fully understood." Starting from "Siegfried's death", he traces the myth to its beginnings and presented a "great prelude" to the entirety in 1852: "The robbery of the Rhinegold". In the following year he started on the composition for "Das Rheingold". With "Das Rheingold", the Mainfranken Theater continues its "Ring" project, again emphasizing the autonomy of the individual dramas "which in themselves are to form completely independent pieces" (Wagner).
The realization of this production is possible thanks to the generous support of the Richard-Wagner-Verband Würzburg-Unterfranken e.V.