Wagner: Die Walküre (Blu-Ray) - Anja Kampe

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Wagner: Die Walküre (Blu-Ray) - Anja Kampe

Composer: Richard Wagner
Artists: Peter Seiffert, Georg Zeppenfeld, Vitalij Kowaljow, Anja Harteros, Anja Kampe, Christa Mayer, Johanna Winkel, Brit-Tone Müllertz, Christina Bock, Katharina Magiera, Alexandra Petersamer, Stepanka Pucalkova, Katrin Wundsam, Simone Schröder, Staatskapelle Dresden
Conductor: Christian Thielemann
Director: Vera Nemirova
Format: 1080i, 16:9
Language: German
Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Japanese
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: C Major
Release Date: November 17, 2017
Run Time: 235 minutes

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the Salzburg Easter Festival presents a “re-creation” of Die Walküre: Herbert von Karajan’s musico-theatrical vision of the 19th century masterwork, with which the legendary maestro opened the very first Easter Festival in 1967. The top-ranking ensemble of singers performs in the faithfully reconstructed scenery of the original production with impressive video backdrops inspired by the original glass paintings. Christian Thielemann, who was assistant to Karajan in his beginnings, counts among the world’s foremost Wagner conductors.

“There is an absolute polish to this performance that is exceptional,” writes the Financial Times about the conductor and orchestra. The critics are full of praise for this “musically ravishing Walküre” (Frankfurter Allgemeine) and its “excellent ensemble of soloists.” As Sieglinde, Anja Harteros is “enchanting and elegant,” Peter Seiffert “amazingly presents a steady and expressive Siegmund,” Christa Mayer “shows off as irresistible, thoroughbred Fricka” and Anja Kampe is celebrated as “outstanding Brünnhilde” (Süddeutsche Zeitung). “Musically it was superb” (The Spectator).

 

 

History

Die Walküre

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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