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After the reign of the gods has reached its radiant zenith at the end of the RHEINGOLD with the entry into Valhalla Castle, the signs in the WALKÜRE are stormy: the people are frozen in greed for power, mistrust and possessiveness, the gods confine themselves only to monitoring compliance with the old laws instead of questioning their meaning.


  • Conductor: Nicholas Carter [Cycle 1] / Sir Donald Runnicles;
  • Director: Stefan Herheim;
  • With Michael König, Tobias Kehrer, Derek Welton, Elisabeth Teige, Annika Schlicht, Ricarda Merbeth a. o. a.

With the hegemony of the gods at its zenith at the close of THE RHINEGOLD and the gods ensconced in the castle of Valhalla, trouble is brewing in THE VALKYRIE. The mortals are power-crazed, mistrust and materialism rule and all that the gods can think about is enforcing the old codes rather than questioning their raison d’être. Siblings Siegmund and Sieglinde are condemned to death because there is no place for their special brand of love in society.

Brünnhilde, a Valkyrie, is charmed by them and dares to defy her father Wotan’s sentence by taking the pair under her wing. In THE VALKYRIE Wagner makes it plain whose side he is on: in the big love scene between Siegmund and Sieglinde, in which the elemental force of love outpunches all social mores, and in the evolution of Brünnhilde’s character, whose conduct is at first motivated by intuitive sympathy but morphs into deliberate action as a protest against inhumanity and injustice.
Additional information
First dayA scenic festival in three days and in an eveFirst performed on 26th June, 1870 in MunichPremiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 27th September, 2020

recommended from 16 years
Participating artists
Sir Donald Runnicles (Musikalische Leitung)
Stefan Herheim (Inszenierung, Bühne)
Silke Bauer (Bühne)
Uta Heiseke (Kostüme)
Ulrich Niepel (Licht)
William Duke (Video)
Dan Trenchard (Video)
Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach (Dramaturgie)
Jörg Königsdorf (Dramaturgie)
Daniel Frank (Siegmund)
Tobias Kehrer (Hunding)
Derek Welton (Wotan)
Elisabeth Teige (Sieglinde)
Annika Schlicht (Fricka)
Ricarda Merbeth (Brünnhilde)
Flurina Stucki (Helmwige)
Felicia Moore (Gerhilde)
Maria Motolygina (Ortlinde)
Elissa Pfaender (Waltraute)
Arianna Manganello (Siegrune)
Karis Tucker (Roßweiße)
Nicole Piccolomini (Grimgerde)
Lauren Decker (Schwertleite)
Eric Naumann (Hundingling)
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin (Orchester)
Dates
May 2024
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