Information: Melbourne Opera – Die Walküre


It’s going to be a busy yr for Melbourne Opera – and for opera lovers. Though we have now managed to see some excellent reside operatic performances from quite a few native firms in between lockdowns, the final two pandemic years have been extremely irritating for performers, artistic artists and people who discover such enrichment from their work.

This yr, Melbourne Opera is main the best way with what guarantees to be an exhilarating Half 2 of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. Should you noticed Half 1, your expectations will probably be very excessive certainly. And there’s a lot, rather more to come back – as Melbourne Opera makes clear:

“Following the resounding acclaim obtained for Das Rheingold in February 2021, Melbourne Opera continues its triumphant staging of The Ring Cycle, with the cycle’s second opera, Die Walküre, premiering on 9 February 2022.

“Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle is understood to be probably the most spectacular occasion in opera, representing the top of opulence, extra and excellence and the final word problem for any opera firm.

“As the primary impartial and unsubsidised Ring Cycle to be staged in Australia since 1913, Melbourne Opera’s manufacturing is a historic occasion.

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“With a plot that many say impressed The Lord of the Rings, and a rating that features the enduring leitmotif “Trip of the Valkyries”, used to nice impact in lots of movies and memorably in Apocalypse Now, Die Walküre is lauded because the inspiration behind many nice themes, tales and soundtracks throughout the ages.

“Between Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, Wotan fathers half-human twins Siegmund and Sieglinde in his try to alter future and subvert the foretold destruction of the gods and Valhalla. He additionally fathers a unprecedented warrior girl, Brunnhilde alongside together with her sister Valkyries to guard his godly empire. However kids, mortal, and even demigod it appears, by no means do precisely what a mum or dad plans: they’ve free will and what ensues is a messy, passionate and transcendent emotional curler coaster the place Wotan is pressured by responsibility to show in opposition to these he loves probably the most. Siegmund and Sieglinde each emerge heroically, Brunnhilde discovers the that means of affection and Wotan is pushed to breaking level.

“Melbourne Opera’s manufacturing options an all-Australian solid led by internationally acclaimed singers and helmed by creatively gifted Wagner director, Suzanne Chaundy, who continues her realisation of Wagner’s epic Ring. ‘Die Walküre is an opera about heroes and gods which helps us perceive what it’s to be human. In Das Rheingold, we see the rejection of affection for energy, in Die Walküre we expertise the ability of affection’, says Suzanne. ‘My problem is to painting this epic work in a really affecting means. It’s such an enormous world and I want to embrace, quite than scale back, the grandeur of Wagner’s imaginative and prescient. Our scale of design is monumental to match Wagner’s epic imaginative and prescient, however our efficiency element is minute, so that each dramatic second is interrogated. I couldn’t be extra thrilled to be working with Anthony Negus once more on reaching this imaginative and prescient, alongside my fantastic artistic workforce and our extraordinary all Australian solid of singing actors’.

“Distinguished worldwide Wagner specialist maestro Anthony Negus returns Australia to conduct the manufacturing, after extremely profitable productions of Die Walküre with the English Nationwide Opera at London’s famed Colosseum, and at his well-known Longborough Competition Opera, each lately.

“Helpmann Award profitable baritone Warwick Fyfe stars as Wotan, a job he has carried out to nice acclaim internationally, with Wagner Quarterly reviewing his efficiency as “clear, highly effective and but nuanced”.

“Quick turning into one in all Australia’s most prolific Wagner sopranos, Lee Abrahmsen performs the romantic lead of Sieglinde, after performing a slate of Wagnerian roles for Melbourne Opera to nice acclaim. For her memorable and tremendously acclaimed efficiency as Isolde in Tristan & Isolde (2018), Lee was the primary Australian to carry out the function within the nation since 2001. She can also be the primary Australian to sing Sieglinde on our shores since 2004.

“Placing soprano Zara Barrett was celebrated for her titular function in Turandot for Opera Australia, and can star as Brunnhilde. Completed tenor Bradley Daley performs Siegmund, whereas Sarah Sweeting returns to Melbourne Opera’s Ring to play the function of Fricka, following her phenomenal efficiency in Das Rheingold.

“The spectacular line-up of Valkyries will probably be led by the distinguished Rosamund Illing, joined by fellow luminaries Dimity Shepherd, Sally-Anne Russell, Olivia Cranwell, Eleanor Greenwood, Caroline Vercoe and present Herald Solar Aria winner Naomi Flatman alongside rising star Jordan Kahler.

“The 90-piece orchestra, together with 4 harps and a full set of Wagner tubas, will fill the specifically modified pit on the lovely Her Majesty’s Theatre. ‘Greater than 140 Victorian singers, musicians, creatives and technicians will probably be employed within the manufacturing, taking up the resplendent stage at Her Majesty’s Theatre, in addition to the fantastic Ulumbarra Theatre in Bendigo’, says firm director Greg Hocking.

“Melbourne Opera will stage Siegfried, the third opera in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, in live performance on the Melbourne Recital Centre, in October. The end result of the corporate’s Ring Cycle will characteristic a multi-million greenback season of performances of Wagner’s full Ring Cycle, together with all 4 operas, in 2023.

“Persevering with its popularity as Victoria’s busiest skilled opera firm all through these making an attempt occasions, Melbourne Opera has additional vital plans for 2022.

“The extremely popular Mozart by Moonlight returns to the Royal Botanic Gardens on 20 February.

“The corporate is ready to stage The Rise and Fall of the Metropolis of Mahagonny from 29 April with IOpera, the primary time a mainstage manufacturing of the political satire has been produced in Australia in over 40 years.

A Bel Canto Spectacular will probably be carried out on Mom’s Day (8 Could), in honour of “Founding Patron Woman Primrose Potter’s 91st Birthday.

The corporate will then stage a full manufacturing of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia in August, final seen carried out in Australia by Dame Joan Sutherland, whereas a perambulatory manufacturing of The Marriage of Figaro will probably be carried out at The Australian Membership, making use of all the attractive Victorian rooms.”

Photograph provided by Melbourne Opera.

Die Walküre

9, 11, 13, 16 February, Her Majesty’s Theatre, 219 Exhibition St, Melbourne

27 February, Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo.



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