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Die Walküre

Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera at the Reykjavík Arts Festival

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  • 27. May 2020 » 18:30 Eldborg | Harpa 5.500 - 11.900 ISK
  • 29. May 2020 » 18:30 Eldborg | Harpa 5.500 - 11.900 ISK
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  • Program

    Richard Wagner Die Walküre (The Valkyrie)

  • Conductor

    Alexander Vedernikov

  • Director

    Julia Burbach

  • Video

    Tal Rosner

  • cast

    Christine Goerke Brünnhilde
    Christopher Ventris Siegmund
    Jamie Barton Fricka
    Claire Rutter Sieglinde
    Ólafur Kjartan Sigurðarson Wotan
    TBA Hunding
    Lilja Guðmundsdóttir Helmvige
    Sigrún Pálmadóttir Gerhilde
    Margrét Hrafnsdóttir Ortlinde
    Sigríður Ósk Kristjánsdóttir Waltraute
    Agnes Thorsteins Siegrune
    Nathalía D. Halldórsdóttir Roβweiβe
    Hildigunnur Einarsdóttir Grimgerde
    Svanhildur Rósa Pálmadóttir Schwertleite

Richard's Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung is without doubt one of the most ambitious operatic works in the history of Western music. It comprises four separate operas, which Wagner based not only on the German Nibelungenlied but also on the Poetic Edda, the Prose Edda, and Völsunga Saga, which he had in German translation. He worked for a quarter-century on the Ring cycle, which puts his genius as composer and librettist on full display.

The story line of The Valkyrie comes largely from Völsunga Saga. A tempest is raging, and Siegmund seeks shelter in the home of Sieglinde and her husband, Hunding. He and Sieglinde fall in love, and the Valkyrie Brünnhilde, daughter of Wotan, disobeys her father by helping Siegmund in his bid to fight a duel with Hunding. Wotan punishes her by stripping her of her divine status as a Valkyrie, transforming her into a mortal woman. He condemns her to lie sleeping on the mountain surrounded by flames until an intrepid hero awakens her with a kiss. 

This opulent musical drama is one of the masterpieces of the 19th century, and the famous Ride of the Valkyries is well known to most music lovers. This is the first time The Valkyrie has been performed in its entirety in Iceland and the first time since 2002 that a full Wagner opera has been programmed. Soprano Christine Goerke sings Brünnhilde, a role she has sung at the Metropolitan Opera among other venues. Wotan is sung by Ólafur Kjartan Sigurðarson, and the Valkyries are performed by a stunning group of Icelandic singers. 

The orchestra is conducted by Alexander Vedernikov, who was appointed Chief Conductor of the Royal Danish Opera in 2016. The opera director, Julia Burbach, is on the permanent staff at London's Covent Garden. Tal Rosner is a BAFTA-winning video designer and director who has worked at the National Theatre in London and Lincoln Center in New York. 

The Valkyrie is a collaborative effort of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Icelandic Opera, and the Reykjavík Arts Festival and is a co-production from the Opéra National de Bordeaux.