“Die Walküre” Matted Print (11” x 14”)
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Die Walküre Matted Print (11” x 14”)
Exclusive to the Met Opera Shop, this matted print features a dramatic scene from the Metropolitan Opera’s critically acclaimed 2011 production of Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre.
Digitally reproduced in vivid colors, this exquisite horizontal print comes in a white mat 14” wide x 11” high and is covered in removable poly/plastic for protection.
Die Walküre is set in mythological times, when gods, giants, dwarves, and humans all contended for power. While the first part of the Ring cycle, Das Rheingold, moves between realms above and below the earth, Die Walküre takes place entirely in human territory, as the balance of power in the cosmic struggle tips ever so slowly toward humanity.
An ideal gift for fans of opera, the Ring cycle, and the Met.
A Met Opera Shop Exclusive, Photo by Ken Howard for the Metropolitan Opera.
- Digitally printed color image
- White mat
- Overall size with mat: 14” W x 11” H
- Image size: 10” W x 8” H
- Covered in poly/plastic
- Printed in USA
Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) composed between 1851-1856 is the second opera in Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle. The four operas in the series include Das Rheingold (The Rhinegold), Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), Siegfried and Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods).
This opera has long stood on its own as a masterpiece of extraordinary powerful theater. Part of its appeal lies in its focus on many of the Ring’s most interesting characters, who follow their destinies to some of Wagner’s most remarkable music.
In this three-act opera, Wotan, the ruler of the gods, has nine daughters, each born from one of nine goddesses. They are the Valkyrie, outfitted in the iconic steel helmets, spears and shields tasked with selecting brave soldiers, who have died on the battlefield and bringing them to Valhalla, the castle of the gods.
In Act 2, Brünnhilde, the heroine of the Ring Cycle, appears and sings “Ho, yo, to ho!” her famous battle cry. The prelude “Ride of the Valkyries” in Act 3 is perhaps the most famous in Wagner’s operas.
The Met’s production of Die Walküre in its 2018–19 season featured minimal otherworldly landscapes with digital imagery to achieve a modern interpretation of the composer’s masterpiece.
It was performed, as a single opera, at the National Theatre Munich on June 26,1870, and received its first performance as part of the Ring Cycle at he Bayreuth Festspielhaus on August 14,1876.
The Met’s landmark production, directed by Robert Lepage, premiered over the course of the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons. The DVD release of its Live in HD presentation won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording.
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