An iconic staging of Wagner’s Die Walküre

'The cast in this 2018 staging would have been the envy of every world class opera company. The result is just short of perfection'

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An iconic staging of Wagner’s Die Walküre

Wagner
Die Walküre (DVD)
Nina Stemme, John Lundgren, Stuart Skelton, Emily Magee, Sarah Connolly, Ain Ainger, Lise Davidsen; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Antonio Pappano; dir. Keith Warner (London, 2018)
Opus Arte DVD: OA1308D; Blu-ray: OABD7270D   240 mins 

 

'The cast in this 2018 staging would have been the envy of every world class opera company. The result is just short of perfection. What Warner shows us is the frailty of these characters. Emily Magee’s Sieglinde is terrified as well as in love, while Stuart Skelton’s Siegmund seems a kind of little boy lost. Sarah Connolly is a conflicted Fricka and John Lundgren a magisterial Wotan who cannot control his volcanic anger as he loses control of his project to save the Gods. But it’s Nina Stemme, as it should be, who defines this production. Generously voiced, she is essentially a lyric Brünnhilde, most moving when she tells Sieglinde that she is bearing Siegmund’s son and there’s that swell of symphonic sympathy in the pit.'

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