ON SCREEN · HD BROADCAST
The Met Opera in HD:
The warrior goddess Brünnhilde (soprano Christine Goerke) takes charge in this technologically wondrous second installment of Wagner’s Ring cycle.
Saturday live simulcasts are held in Loew Auditorium
Sunday encores are in Spaulding Auditorium
Julie Borchard-Young, co-founder of By Experience, introduces the Saturday broadcast. By Experience is the pioneer of the Met Opera in HD.
The second opera in Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle, set in mythological times when gods, giants, dwarves and humans all contended for power. While the first part of the cycle, Das Rheingold, moves between realms above and below the earth, Die Walküre takes place entirely on human territory, as the balance of power in the cosmic struggle tips ever so slowly toward humanity.
Die Walküre has long stood on its own as an evening of extraordinarily powerful theater, as it follows some of the Ring’s most interesting characters at decisive moments of their lives: Wotan, the leader of the gods; his wife, Fricka; his twin offspring, Siegmund and Sieglinde; and, above all, Wotan’s warrior daughter Brünnhilde.
In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke sings the defiant daughter, tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde, and Greer Grimsley sings Wotan, leader of the gods. Philippe Jordan conducts. Runtime: 5h
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