Ring Cycle: Die Walküre at the Metropolitan Opera

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In this week's Arts File, Kerry Nolan speaks with Anne Midgette, classical music critic for the Washington Post about a new production of Die Walküre, the second of four operas in Wagner's Ring Cycle.

The high-tech production at the Metropolitan Opera features a 45-ton device dubbed "the machine" that shifts the stage and sets beneath the performers feet. It also has some of the best Wagner singers alive today, including Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek making her Met debut. Midgette weighs in on how the production compares to past performances and the impact maestro James Levine has had while conducting Wagner for the past 21 years.

Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Sieglinde

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Hans-Peter König as Hunding

( Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera )

Bryn Terfel as Wotan and Stephanie Blythe as Fricka

( Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera )

Bryn Terfel as Wotan

( Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera )

Act 3 finale

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