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see ValkyriesValkyries
, in Germanic mythology, warrior maidens of Odin. They presided over battles, chose those who were to die, and brought the souls of the dead heroes back to Valhalla. Chief among them was Brunhild.
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(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Walkure, asteroid 877 (the 877th asteroid to be discovered, on September 13, 1915), is approximately 27 kilometers in diameter and has an orbital period of 3.9 years. Walkure was named after the maidens in Scandinavian mythology who escorted fallen warriors to Valhalla. J. Lee Lehman asserts that the pattern represented by this asteroid is that of “enjoining the battle, without actually engaging in the fighting.”


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Despite its famous setpiece of the Ride of the Valkyries, Die Walkure builds its drama mostly through duets.
Presented by Suzy Klein with commentary from the director of The Royal Opera's Der Ring des Nibelungen, Keith Warner, there will be three different streams available on The Space for Act III of Die Walkure.
in Vanstone, "Girard" 42), this article advances the position that Michael Levine's innovative set designs for the Canadian Opera Company's (COC) recent productions of Die Walkure (2004) and Siegfried (2005) can also be read as what Gary Taylor, a noted Shakespearean scholar, in Reinventing Shakespeare, calls "theological architecture" (15), theatre space that is built with a religious hierarchical understanding.
The trio have continent-hopped across Europe and North America as Charbonnet sang leads or prominent roles in Fidelio, Aida, Cavalleria Rusticana, The Flying Dutchman, and Die Walkure.
To the opera buff, to whom singing is everything, this mattered as little as to the visitors who came for the orchestra and for such stage magic as the tableau at the end of Walkure.
However, the musical selections Gather describes, Die Walkure and Lucia di Lammermoor, in German and Italian respectively, stress the operas' themes while they de-emphasize the meanings of specific words.
Petersburg, conducted by the distinguished Valery Gergiev, in which I will sing Act 1 of Wagner's Die Walkure and Act II of his Parsifal.
At the Chicago Lyric Opera, she choreographed a twenty-three-minute "bungee ballet" for the Rhine maidens in its 1992 Das Rheingold and had acrobatic spear-wielding valkyries bouncing across the stage on a row of trampolines in its 1993 Die Walkure.
In the gripping exchanges in Rheingold between Wotan and Alberich, or in Walkure between Wotan and Brunnhilde, the double-bindings, scapegoatings and Freudian anticipations are astounding; in their self-consciousness they are manifestly unlike the un-selfconscious tub-thumping bloody-niindedness to be found in Verdi and Puccini, Wagner's contemporaries.
Die Walkure ( The Valkyrie, 1870) Wotan is the father of two children, Siegmund and Sieglinde, who grow up on earth in ignorance of each other but who, by the desire of Wotan, are to mate in the interest of the coveted ring.
The other new productions are Wagner's Das Rheingold and Die Walkure, Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, and Verdi's Don Carlo and La Traviata.
It will even be possible for die-hard opera buffs to see and hear the complete cycle in just one week when Opera North performs Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, Siegfried and Gotterdammerung on May 24, 25, 27 and 29.