After Das Rheingold’s rarefied realm of gods and monsters, Die Walküre plunges us headlong into the world of an emotional humanity, powered by some of Wagner’s most remarkable music, including the famous ‘Ride of the Valkyries’.
Wotan wants to protect his children but is forced to forsake them. His twin offspring Siegmund and Sieglinde fall passionately in love; his warrior daughter Brünnhilde defies Wotan by trying to protect the twins. Ultimately she is punished: Wotan strips her of her immortality and puts her to sleep surrounded by a wall of flames that only the greatest hero can brave.
Terje Stensvold returns as Wotan, English soprano Susan Bullock makes her first appearance as Brünnhilde and internationally-renowned Australian singers – tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Miriam Gordon-Stewart – are the passionate lover-siblings Siegmund and Sieglinde.
Evenings at 5:00pm
November 20, 29, December 9, 2013
Running Time: 6 hours and 5 minutes, including two intervals
First interval: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Second interval: 35-40 minutes