Wagner's Die Walküre

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Bryn Terfel as Wotan in the Met Opera production of Wagner's <em>Die Walküre</em>

Director Robert Lepage's new Ring continues with Die Walküre. Here the focus of Wagner's drama shifts from the gods to humans, specifically the warrior Siegmund and his twin sister Sieglinde, who will become the parents of the central figure of the Ring, the hero Siegfried.

The cycle’s second installment features Bryn Terfel as Wotan, Lord of the Gods. Katarina Dalayman is Brünnhilde, while Frank van Aken and Eva-Maria Westbroek are the Wälsungen twins, Siegmund and Sieglinde (van Aken replaces Jonas Kaufmann, who is ill). Stephanie Blythe is Fricka.

When Liszt received a copy of the Walküre score, he reportedly wrote a note to Wagner, stating, “Your Walküre [score] has arrived, and I should like to reply to you by your Lohengrin chorus, sung by 1,000 voices, and repeated a thousandfold: ‘A wonder! A wonder!’”

Cast:

Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Brünnhilde: Katarina Dalayman
Sieglinde: Eva-Maria Westbroek
Fricka: Stephanie Blythe
Siegmund: Frank van Aken
Wotan: Bryn Terfel
Hunding: Hans-Peter König