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The Valkyrie

Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883)
Sun 27.09.2020 - 16:00 h
F-Prices: € 210,– / € 160,– / € 110,– / € 60,– / € 50,–

Informationen zum Werk

First day
A scenic festival in three days and in an eve
First performed on 26th June, 1870 in Munich
Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 27th September, 2020

In German with German and English surtitles

4 hrs 45 mins / 2 intervals

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance

About the performance

With the hegemony of the gods at its zenith at the close of THE RHINEGOLD and the gods ensconced in the castle of Valhalla, trouble is brewing in THE VALKYRIE. The mortals are power-crazed, mistrust and materialism rule and all that the gods can think about is enforcing the old codes rather than questioning their raison d’être. Siblings Siegmund and Sieglinde are condemned to death because there is no place for their special brand of love in society. Brünnhilde, a Valkyrie, is charmed by them and dares to defy her father Wotan’s sentence by taking the pair under her wing. In THE VALKYRIE Wagner makes it plain whose side he is on: in the big love scene between Siegmund and Sieglinde, in which the elemental force of love outpunches all social mores, and in the evolution of Brünnhilde’s character, whose conduct is at first motivated by intuitive sympathy but morphs into deliberate action as a protest against inhumanity and injustice.

Scandinavia has a nigh-on hundred-year-old tradition of turning out Wagnerian sopranos. Singers of the likes of Kirsten Flagstad, Birgit Nilsson and Catarina Ligendza are legends of the opera stage and have informed our image of Wagner’s female characters. The new production of the RING revolves around two female protagonists, who are keeping that tradition alive: Nina Stemme, recently seen as Isolde in the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Lise Davidsen, who is now being feted as a new star in the Wagner firmament following her Bayreuth debut in 2018 as Elisabeth in TANNHÄUSER.

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