UPDATE: I’ve just added the captions that appeared in the Abendzeitung along with a few of my own observations.
These production stills, posted earlier today on the website of the München Abendzeitung, give an even fuller picture of what Castorf has in store for us with his Ring. Why no other news sources have picked up Enrico Nawrath’s photos from the rehearsals is a mystery…In any event, these definitely deserve to circulate more widely!
Starting at the end with Götterdämmerung, a dark corner in divided Berlin (note the Berlin Wall to the far left). Things can’t be too dreary, since Brünnhilde and Waltraute can presumably get a nice Döner after their quarrel.
The Baku oil rig set of Walküre.
Another one of the Walküre oil rigs in early 20th Century Baku.
One side of the rotating Golden Motel set of Rheingold. Note swimming pool, large video screen, and the red-black-gold beach umbrella. The mustachioed fellow with a pistol in the video is none other than Donner.
Rheingold again: Wolfgang Koch’s Wotan standing in front of his vintage black Mercedes and gripping a pole with the confederate flag just barely visible.
The Texaco station in Rheingold
Instead of the U.S. presidents, this Mt. Rushmore has Marx, Lenin, Stalin and Chairman Mao. This is the locale of Mime’s lair in Siegfried.