Royal Opera House: Die Walkure

Antonio Pappano conducts an International Cast in the second Opera of Richard Wafner's Epic Der Ring Des Nibelungen.

Wagner’s Ring cycle is one of the greatest works of all opera. Keith Warner’s production is conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera, and this final revival is cast with an outstanding international array of Wagnerian specialist singers. The full cycle's four operas journey from the beginning of a world to its destruction, with gods, heroes and monsters. This epic myth portrays every type of human emotion in music and ideas of extraordinary power. The Ring is always a special event in the operatic calendar: once experienced, never forgotten. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) is the second opera in the cycle, and features several of the Ring’s musical highlights – the sparkling Magic Fire Music and the electrifying Ride of the Valkyries. But among the musical fireworks and Norse mythology, at the centre of this opera are the unforgettable characters and the complex entanglements between them, including twins Siegmund and Sieglinde, and Wotan and his Valkyrie daughter, Brünnhilde.

Mayerling is a classic of the Royal Ballet
repertory, with its emotional depth,
haunting imagery, and one of the
most demanding roles ever created
for a male dancer. Kenneth MacMillan
choreographed a complex work around
the psychologically tormented heir to the
Habsburg Empire, Crown Prince Rudolf.
From the ballet’s start, the glamour of
the Austro-Hungarian court is contrasted
with undercurrents of sexual and political
intrigue that drive the story to its violent
climax in a double suicide. The large
cast allows for impressive ensembles
in addition to the ballet's many solos of
distinctive character and pas de deux of
disturbing eroticism. This ballet, bursting
with intensity, madness and passion,
proves that sometimes the truth is more

scandalous than fiction.

 

 

MUSIC RICHARD WAGNER

DIRECTOR KEITH WARNER

CONDUCTOR ANTONIO PAPPANO

SIEGMUND STUART SKELTON

SIEGLINDE EMILY MAGEE

WOTAN JOHN LUNDGREN

BRÜNNHILDE NINA STEMME

FRICKA SARAH CONNOLLY

  • Tickets from: £13.50 - £16.00
  • Running Time: 4 hours and 50 minutes including two intervals
  • Showing Times: Sunday 28th October at 5.00pm
  • Genre: Opera
  • First showing: 28/10/2018
  • Last showing: 28/10/2018
  • Language: SUNG IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES