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Run time: 5hrs 50min, 2 intermissions
Sung in GERMAN
Subtitles in English, German, Italian, French, Russian, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese
The second opera in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Die Walküre, has become the most performed work of the cycle, loved and admired for its dramatic power and remarkable music. Martina Serafin sings Brünnhilde, the Valkyrie of the title, joined by Günther Groissböck as her godly father Wotan, and Okka von der Damerau as his unbending wife, Fricka. Andreas Schager and Camilla Nylund portray the incestuous lovers Siegmund and Sieglinde alongside Mika Kares as the threatening Hunding. Adam Fischer conducts.
Richard Wagner (1813–83) was one of the most significant figures in the history of opera. His works transformed the course of Western music, either by extension of his discoveries or reaction against them.
Wagner controlled all aspects of his theatrical works, writing both the music and the librettos of his operas, giving instructions for scenic design, staging, and action, and conducted most of their premieres. His aesthetic ideal was what he called a Gesamtkunstwerk (“total work of art”), meaning a work in which all art forms are united in the service of drama.
Between 1848 and 1853 Wagner composed a prose version of the medieval German epic Nibelungenlied, which became the basis for the librettos for the Ring Cycle.