Wagner - Die Walkure (DVD)
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Label: Opus Arte
Cat No: OA1308D
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 20th March 2020
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Die Walküre is the second opera in Richard Wagner’s four-opera-cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. It is the most performed work in the cycle, loved and admired for its nuanced and intelligent exploration of complex family entanglements through music of astonishing emotive power. This includes the glorious music for the incestuous lovers Siegmund and Sieglinde, and Wotan’s passionate farewell to his beloved daughter Brünnhilde.
“There were moments in Die Walküre at the Royal Opera House when the audience was entirely still and only Antonio Pappano’s periodic gasps broke the surface of Wagner’s score. When the low brass cohered into a single heavy tread that swept up everything in its path. When Nina Stemme’s fearless Brünnhilde gazed at sword point into the eyes of the hero she had been commanded to lead into death and the physical chemistry on stage was instantly charged. When John Lundgren’s Wotan, flawed but tenacious, sank to his knees, voice flagging: an all-too-human god pathetically stricken.” – The Guardian
“From the very first notes, we knew we were in safe hands, with the pounding, driving cellos and basses and the soaring brass… With vocal performances at the very highest level, this was a Walküre to remember.” – Bachtrack ★★★★★
“With Die Walküre, in Keith Warner’s enthralling Covent Garden production of Wagner’s Ring, you can really sense the tectonic plates beginning to shift… Antonio Pappano continues to complement this outstanding staging with his wonderfully fluid conducting. The Ride of the Valkyries, here a boisterous brood, was for once visceral and thrilling.” – The Evening Standard ★★★★
- Siegmund: Stuart Skelton
- Sieglinde: Emily Magee
- Hagen: Ain Anger
- Wotan: John Lundgren
- Brünnhilde: Nina Stemme
- Fricka: Sarah Connolly
- Ortlinde: Lise Davidsen
Director: Keith Warner
Designer: Stefanos Lazaridis
Costumes: Marie-Jeanne Lecca
Duration: approx. 240 minutes
Audio: LPCM 2.0 & DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Subtitles: EN, FR, DE, JP, KO
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