About the production
- Run time: 5hrs 45min, 2 intermissions
- Sung in: GERMAN
- Subtitles: English, German and other languages
- Opera house: Vienna State Opera
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. Nina Stemme sings Brünnhilde, the Valkyrie of the title, joined by John Lundgren as her godly father Wotan, and Monika Bohinec as his unbending wife, Fricka. Stuart Skelton and Lise Davidsen portray the incestuous lovers Siegmund and Sieglinde alongside Dmitry Belosselskiy as the threatening Hunding. Axel Kober conducts.
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Vienna State Opera
Opernring 2, 1010 Vienna View in Google Maps
How to get there:
Subway: U1, U2, U4 to Karlsplatz
Trams: 1, 2, D, 62, 71 to Opernring
After the performance taxis will drive up to the main entrance
Conductor Axel Kober
Siegmund Stuart Skelton
Hunding Dmitry Belosselskiy
Wotan John Lundgren
Sieglinde Lise Davidsen
Brünnhilde Nina Stemme
Fricka Monika Bohinec
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.