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. Ricarda Merbeth sings Brünnhilde, the Valkyrie of the title, joined by Eric Owens as her godly father Wotan, and Tanja Ariane Baumgartner as his unbending wife, Fricka. Giorgio Berrugi and Tamara Wilson portray the incestuous lovers Siegmund and Sieglinde alongside Ain Anger as the threatening Hunding. Franz Welser-Möst 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 Franz Welser-Möst
Siegmund Giorgio Berrugi
Hunding Ain Anger
Wotan Eric Owens
Sieglinde Tamara Wilson
Brünnhilde Ricarda Merbeth
Fricka Tanja Ariane Baumgartner
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.