Wagner's Visions: Poetry, Politics, and the Psyche in the Operas through Die Walkure
UNDER Richard Farnes the Orchestra of Opera North has built an impressive reputation for its performances in Wagner's Ring Cycle, but its playing in a stunning performance of Die Walkure
, with committed performances from a fine international cast, may just have surpassed anything to date.
revival of his 2004 production of Wagner's Die Walkure
, Atom Egoyan apdy pointed out that "the most essential source of tension in the work is between the love of power and the power of love.
Now all four parts will be performed together in the summer of 2016 with Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold) on Tuesday, July 5, Die Walkure
(The Valkyrie) on Wednesday, July 6, Siegfried on Friday, July 8 and the climactic Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods) on Sunday, July 10.
This became particularly clear at some of the curtain-calls, which seemed unprepared with a lot of shuffling, and indeed at the end of Die Walkure
the Valkyries themselves emerged scowlingly, as though these sisters had just had a collective row.
The cycle begins with Das Rheingold before moving on to Die Walkure
(pictured) on Thursday, then Siegfried and Gotterdammerung.
We have heavyweights Bela Perencz and Kelly Cae Hogan who have previously illuminated Die Walkure
for Opera North as the murderous Macbeths.
She participated in the Wagner Intensive headed by Jane Eaglen and Tim Mussard, performing scenes as Venus in Tannhauser, Isolde in Tristan und Isolde, Kundry in Parsifal, Fricka and Schwertleite in Die Walkure
On the other hand, the first of Sieglinde's great arias, "Der Manner Sippe" from the first act of Die Walkure
, is actually found within the tenth chapter labeled "Schlafts du, Gast.
And among the highlights will be footage of Die Walkure
Act III starring Wales' international bass baritone Bryn Terfel alongside soprano Susan Bullock.
19-20), Le Comte Ory (April 9-10), Capriccio (April 23-24), Il Trovatore (April 30-May 1), and Die Walkure
Indeed, apart from Siegfried's death and funeral music there is nothing more "tragic" in the Ring, in any common-sense view of that word, than Wotan's anguished narrative to Brunnhilde in Die Walkure