The Royal Opera – Die Walkürie, Wagner

Friday November 16th, 3pm
Wednesday November 21st 7pm

Admirably suited to Wagner’s work, Keith Warner’s stage production also asserts itself with powerful symbolic and indelible images. Unveiled in Bayreuth, Swedish bass-baritone John Lundgren returns to the imposing role of Wotan, left vacant by Bryn Terfel.

Wagner’s Ring cycle is one of the greatest works of all opera. Keith Warner’s production is conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music director of The Royal Opera, and this final revival is cast with an outstanding international array of Wagnerian specialist singers. The full cycle’s four operas journey from the beginning of a world to its destruction, with gods, heroes and monsters. This epic myth portrays every type of human emotion in music and ideas of extraordinary power.

Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) is the second opera in the cycle, and features several of the Ring’s musical highlights – the sparkling “Magic Fire” Music and the electrifying “Ride of the Valkyries”. But among the musical fireworks and Norse mythology, at the centre of this opera are the unforgettable characters and the complex entanglements between them, including twins Siegmund and Sieglinde, and Wotan and his Valkyrie daughter, Brünnhilde.

OPERA IN THREE ACTS

MUSIC
Richard Wagner

DIRECTOR
Keith Warner

CONDUCTOR
Antonio Pappano

CAST
Stuart Skelton (Siegmund)
Emily Magee (Sieglinde)
John Lundgren (Wotan)
Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde)
Sarah Connolly (Fricka)

DURATION
4 h 50 approx

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