Opera North is joined by an outstanding international cast for the second instalment of their four-year Ring cycle. In Die Walküre the focus shifts from the politics of the gods to human passion. As the epic saga unfolds, we meet the ill-fated children of the gods, discover the magical sword that will forever shape their destiny, and encounter the fearsome Valkyries whose legendary ride has never sounded more exciting than here in its original context.
‘Whichever other Ring cycles you go to, Opera North’s will, I’m sure, offer rich musical and dramatic rewards.’ The Spectator
Less can be more when it comes to Wagner, and Opera North’s “austerity Ring” – now on its second instalment in its second year – continues to enthral and amaze… Richard Farnes’s conducting, meanwhile, is sensational in its sweep, detail and understanding. The Guardian **** review of Die Walküre premiere
All in all, a victorious night… superb playing of the Opera North Orchestra, dynamically conducted by Richard Farnes. The Times **** review of Die Walküre premiere
A dauntingly long evening flies by – the orchestral playing is world class, and Richard Farnes‘s clear-sighted conducting is a marvel. You hear everything you need to, and the singers are rarely overwhelmed. It’s all beautifully paced, with an extended final scene played with touching sweetness, just at the point where you expect the musicians to be falling off their chairs with fatigue. The Arts Desk ***** review of Die Walküre premiere
3.15pm Pre-concert talk.
Concert performance sung in German with English surtitles. Please note surtitles may not be visible from every seat. Symphony Hall is a large hall and surtitles can be harder to read from the Grand Tier. To be sure of best visibility, book seats in centre stalls, centre circle or centre upper circle or check with box office before booking.
One of a series of Wagner’s greatest operas, performed in the space of 6 months as part of Symphony Hall’s 21st Anniversary Festival.
The Royal Opera: Die Meistersinger – Wednesday 11 January
Tristan und Isolde – Saturday 3 March
Good Friday: Gergiev conducts Parsifal – Friday 6 April
Alwyn Mellor Sieglinde
Annalena Persson Brunnhilde
Erik Nelson Werner Siegmund
Béla Perencz Wotan
Katarina Karnéus Fricka
Clive Bayley Hunding
Katherine Broderick Helmwige
Meeta Raval Ortlinde
Miriam Murphy Gerhilde
Jennifer Johnston Waltraute
Madeleine Shaw Siegrune
Catherine Hopper Rossweisse
Antonia Sotgiu Grimgerde
Emma Carrington Schwertleite
Richard Farnes conductor
Dame Anne Evans artistic consultant
Peter Mumford concert staging and lighting/projection design
Erik Nelson Werner replaces Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts in the role of Siegmund.
This concert has a running time of c. 5 hours 30 minutes including two intervals:
Act 1: 66’
Act 2: 94’
Act 3: 73’
Champagne Hampers are available to pre-book for the intervals. Please visit Eating & Drinking for more information.
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60plus: £9.50, £14.50, £21.50, £26.50, £32, £36.50, £43*
Choir, Chorus Boxes and Stalls front four rows not available.
Discounts also available for children, students and under 25s, wheelchair users, disabled patrons and their companions, concert package bookers and groups of 11+. For more details on all discounts and how to book click here.
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