Die Walküre

The second opera in Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen thrillingly depicts the discovery of a great love.
Die Walküre is the second work and ‘first evening’ of Richard Wagner’s four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen, following Das Rheingold. It has become the most performed opera of the cycle, loved and admired for its nuanced and intelligent exploration of complex family entanglements, expressed through music of astonishing power – perhaps nowhere more so than in the glorious music for the incestuous lovers Siegmund and Sieglinde.

Wotan’s voyage of self-discovery and ultimate resignation are at the heart of Keith Warner’s production, created for The Royal Opera in 2005. Wotan’s great Act II monologue is set in the abandoned former home of the gods, seen in Das Rheingold, whose evident disorder and damage present a striking representation of Wotan’s own inner decline and the gods’ incipient twilight. Recurring objects and visual motifs reflect the use of musical themes within Wagner’s score, which shows the composer at his most radical and most lyrical.
 
Music: Richard Wagner
Libreto: Richard Wagner
Musical director: Antonio Pappano
Director: Keith Warner
Design: Stefanos Lazaridis
Set design: Stefanos Lazaridis

Cast:

Siegmund: Stuart Skelton
Sieglinde: Emily Magee
Wotan: John Lundgren
Brünnhilde: Nina Stemme
Fricka: Sarah Connolly

Running time: 5h50 minutes, including two intervals.