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The quest for the Ring continues with ‘Die Walküre’, the second opera in Wagner’s ‘Ring’ cycle – ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen’. All four operas that form the ‘Ring’ cycle are being performed over a four year period at Sage Gateshead by Opera North.
Duration: 5 hours and 30 minutes
Richard Farnes: Conductor
Erik Nelson Werner: Siegmund
Alwyn Mellor: Sieglinde
Clive Bayley: Hunding
Béla Perencz: Wotan
Katarina Karnéus: Fricka
Annalena Persson: Brünnhilde
Peter Mumford: Concert Staging and Lighting/Projection Designer
Wagner’s most famous music brings his monumental drama to life as the king of the gods tries to undo the curse of the ring: the second part of ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen’.
The musical highlights are many and some will be very familiar through their regular play in films, advertising and on the radio: Siegmund’s hymn of praise to the coming of spring and the awakening of love, ‘Winterstürme’, the Ride of the Valkyries, the Magic Fire music and, above all, the great confrontation between Wotan and Brünnhilde.
The full scale and splendour of Wagner’s magnificent conception is revealed in this dramatic concert performance. With film projections and atmospheric lighting, you have the rare opportunity to immerse yourself completely in the music, conducted by Opera North’s Music Director Richard Farnes.
Sung in German with English titles
£2.50 off for ‘Das Rheingold’ ticket holders – ask at Ticket Office when booking.
Pre Concert talk at 3.30pm in Hall One
Douglas Scarfe, Chorus and Orchestra Director and Concerts Director at Opera North, will be in conversation with Opera North’s Editor Stuart Leeks about the second instalment in the Company’s ongoing Ring cycle.
Free to ticket holders
‘Die Walküre’ dining offers:
The Barbour Room English fork buffet
Price: £18.50 per head
Venue: Barbour Room
We will be providing a Traditional English Fork Buffet Menu in the Barbour Room during the interval for £18.50.
This will include a selection of hot and cold buffet items including; carved ham, quiche, salads, sandwiches, cheese, breads and a seafood selection.
Also included will be a glass of pimms or a soft drink, tea and coffee.
This buffet will be available during the main interval only.
The Brasserie Opera Menu
Price: £25 per head
Venue: The Brasserie
Available in two sittings – one prior to the performance, one during the interval.
Please book through The Brasserie on 0191 443 4654.
Opera North Picnic Bag
Carved ham salad baguette with honey mustard mayonnaise or Northumberland Nettle Cheese Ploughman’s baguette (v)
Bag of crisps (salt & black pepper)
Pot of British strawberries and cream
Northumberland Goats Cheese & Asparagus Tart
Homemade shortbread cookie
Bottle of Fentimans soft drink
The Guardian, Tim Ashley. 4*
‘Less can be more when it comes to Wagner, and Opera North’s “austerity Ring” – now on its second instalment in its second year – continues to enthral and amaze.’ ‘Richard Farnes’s conducting, meanwhile, is sensational in its sweep, detail and understanding.’
The Times, Geoff Brown. 4*
‘All in all, a victorious night.’
‘..superb playing of the Opera North Orchestra, dynamically conducted by Richard Farnes.
The Arts Desk, Graham Rickson. 5*
‘A dauntingly long evening flies by – the orchestral playing is world class, and Richard Farnes‘s clear-sighted conducting is a marvel. You hear everything you need to, and the singers are rarely overwhelmed. It’s all beautifully paced, with an extended final scene played with touching sweetness, just at the point where you expect the musicians to be falling off their chairs with fatigue.’
The Telegraph, Rupert Christiansen. 5*
‘Backroom planning of any production of Wagner’s Ring cycle pretty soon confronts a fundamental logistical problem: casting its four episodes will get progressively more difficult. Most European houses worth their salt can assemble a line-up adequate to the modest vocal demands of Das Rheingold, but once you reach the lyrical expansiveness and emotional range of Die Walküre, you’re in territory where even the decent second-rate won’t wash.’