New Production Die Walküre

By Richard Wagner

  • Language - Sung in German with projected English translations
  • Running Time - 4 hours, 55 minutes with 2 intermissions

After the triumph of Das Rheingold in 2016/17, Lyric continues the thrilling journey through Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle with Die Walküre. This is the most deeply moving and romantic of all the Ringoperas. Its riveting, devastating drama involves complex relationships between brother and sister, husband and wife, father and daughter. Every character is unforgettable—valiant Siegmund and Sieglinde, headstrong Brünnhilde and mighty, tortured Wotan, determined Fricka and vengeful Hunding. Wagner’s music drama burns itself on our memories, exciting us with the emotional intensity of its lyrical outbursts and its incredible power and majesty.

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This production of Die Walküre was presented at Lyric November 1 – 30, 2017. Visit our Ring Cycle page for upcoming 2020 performances.

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Die Walküre

Richard Wagner

EMI recording — Marton, Morris, Studer, cond. Haitink. Courtesy of Warner Classics.

“Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond”
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“Du bist der Lenz”
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“Ride of the Valkyries”
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Die Walküre

by Richard Wagner

commentary by Anthony Freud in collaboration with Nicholas Ivor Martin
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Die Walküre Synopsis

Siegmund, son of the god Wotan, is a fugitive and arrives at the house of the beautiful Sieglinde, where he thinks he has found refuge. The two discover a deep love for each other, but the only way for them to be together is for Siegmund to challenge Seiglinde’s husband to a fight to the death. Filled with devastating drama and enthralling music, Die Walküre explores the complex relationships of brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, and fathers and daughters in a new production that is both musically and visually stunning.

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Go inside this production of Die Walküre with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.

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Meet The Artists

Christine Goerke

Brünnhilde

Elisabet Strid*

Sieglinde

Tanja Ariane Baumgartner

Fricka

Brandon Jovanovich

Siegmund

Eric Owens

Wotan

Ain Anger*

Hunding

Whitney Morrison‡

Gerhilde

Alexandra LoBianco*

Helmwige

Laura Wilde†

Ortlinde

Catherine Martin

Waltraute

Deborah Nansteel

Siegrune

Lindsay Ammann

Rossweisse

Zanda Švēde

Grimgerde

Lauren Decker‡

Schwertleite

Sir Andrew Davis

Conductor

David Pountney

Director

Johan Engels

Original Set Designer

Robert Innes Hopkins

Set Designer

Marie-Jeanne Lecca

Costume Designer

Fabrice Kebour

Lighting Designer

Denni Sayers

Choreographer

* Lyric Opera debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumni
‡ Current Member, Ryan Opera Center

The Ring Cycle

Join us for an extraordinary story told over the journey of four operas. Together, they comprise Wagner's magnificent Ring cycle, one of the greatest musical achievements in Western culture and an immersive operatic adventure that every opera lover should experience.

RING Cycle 2016 — 2020

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ANONYMOUS DONOR
MR. & MRS. DIETRICH M. GROSS
GRAMMA FISHER FOUNDATION OF MARSHALLTOWN, IOWA
ADA AND WHITNEY ADDINGTON

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With additional support from Robin Angly, Richard J. and Barbara Franke, and the Prince Charitable Trusts.

Die Walküre Production Sponsors

MAZZA FOUNDATION
HELEN AND SAM ZELL
MARIANNE DESON-HERSTEIN TRUST, IN MEMORY OF HER PARENTS, SAMUEL AND SARAH DESON

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Photo: Cory Weaver