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Die Walküre

Live | Opera

Running time: The performance lasts about 5 hours 50 minutes, including two intervals.

Die Walküre

Antonio Pappano conducts an international cast in the second opera of Richard Wagner’s epic Der Ring des Nibelungen.

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The story

Wotan craves the ring, but, bound by his own laws, he can’t retrieve it himself. With a mortal woman he has twins, Siegmund and Sieglinde. He hopes Siegmund will become the free agent he needs to take the ring. Separated at birth, the twins meet as adults and fall in love.

Wotan’s wife Fricka points out that Siegmund can never be independent while he enjoys Wotan’s protection. Wotan bitterly concedes, and Siegmund dies in battle – but the Valkyrie Brünnhilde rescues the pregnant Sieglinde. In punishment for her defiance, Wotan incarcerates Brünnhilde on a rock, surrounded by a ring of fire.

Background

Die Walküre is the second work and ‘first evening’ of Richard Wagner’s four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen, following Das Rheingold. It has become the most performed opera of the cycle, loved and admired for its nuanced and intelligent exploration of complex family entanglements, expressed through music of astonishing power – perhaps nowhere more so than in the glorious music for the incestuous lovers Siegmund and Sieglinde.

Wotan’s voyage of self-discovery and ultimate resignation are at the heart of Keith Warner’s production, created for The Royal Opera in 2005. His great Act II monologue is set in a disastrous ruin of the Valhalla we saw in Das Rheingold – a striking representation of Wotan’s own inner decline and the gods’ incipient twilight. Visual motifs reflect the structure of Wagner’s score, which shows the composer at his most radical and most lyrical.

Credits

Music

Richard Wagner

Libretto

Richard Wagner

Director

Keith Warner

Set designer

Stefanos Lazaridis

Costume designer

Marie-Jeanne Lecca

Lighting designer

Wolfgang Göbbel

Original movement director

Claire Glaskin

Video designers

Mic Pool and Dick Straker

Associate set designer

Matthew Deely

Performers

Conductor
Antonio Pappano
Siegmund
Stuart Skelton
Sieglinde
Emily Magee
Wotan
John Lundgren
Brünnhilde
Nina Stemme
Fricka
Sarah Connolly
Hunding
Ain Anger
Gerhilde
Alwyn Mellor
Ortlinde
Lise Davidsen
Waltraute
Kai Rüütel
Schwertleite
Claudia Huckle
Helmwige
Maida Hundeling
Siegrune
Catherine Carby
Grimgerde
Monika-Evelin Liiv
Rossweisse
Emma Carrington
Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Cast sheets

Cast sheets will be available here soon.

To find out more visit the Die Walküre production page.