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Webcast: Die Walküre

Get an early start today, cher public, with an 11:00 AM live video webcast of Die Walküre from the Bayerische Staatsopera, for discussion both on Rabbit TV and here in the usual comments section.

Richard Wagner
Live: Die Walküre
Mon, 22 January 2018, 11:00 AM
Conductor: Kirill Petrenko
Production: Andreas Kriegenburg
With Simon O’Neill, Anja Kampe, Nina Stemme, John Lundgren and Ekaterina Gubanova.

  • Jacopo Monteverdi

    Can you include more information about the production (conductor?) in your announcement? Thanks!

  • Rowna Sutin

    Hello Parterri Pals!

  • Amika

    Hello all I’ll be checking in from time to time today, really excited for all the broadcasts.

    Love Simon O’Neill and looking forward to hearing him in Walküre

  • Amika

    So I take it the concept is that the Walküre are onstage the whole time?

  • Amika

    Everybody sounds great so far, loving Ain Anger and Anja Kampe

  • Amika

    YES!! Good job Simon!!

  • Brackweaver

    Nice to hear voices with finished technique. Been hearing too many unfinished ones lately.

    • Amika

      I second this

  • Walther von Holzhaufen

    What I saw of Act One was exciting … terrific conducting. I find Kriegenburg’s production often unpleasantly distracting … too many supers milling about.

  • Pete

    How does Rabbit.tv work? Particular Group or Room?

  • ines

    Very nice! For the ticket price of the opera , the audience gets snippets of Pina Bausch’s Sacre du Printemps!

  • Amika

    This is wonderful the singing is glorious

  • ines

    Great singing…strangely , they have made them a bit Gwyneth Jones and Donald McIntyre- look-a-likes, even if Lundrgen is actually a bold 49 year old hunk…

  • DonCarloFanatic

    I enjoyed it, especially Fricka. But what were those people crawling all over the set during the Todesverkündigung supposedly doing?

    • Lohenfal

      The dead heroes whom we hear about in the third act were here present in all the acts. They were in the ash tree of Act One and on the stage in Act Two. I assume the people crawling around in Act Two were doing something with the bodies, just like the women in Act One. An interesting concept, even if somewhat distracting.

      The quality of singing and conducting was very high--easily the best Walküre I’ve heard in years.

  • MissShelved

    I watched the rebroadcast. Can only imagine the live audience reaction, 4 hours into a 5 hour commitment, to the delayed onset of the last act due to someone’s brilliant idea to let the dancers stomp around like horses, I’ve heard it said that all dances are too long. This one especially so. The poor Valkyries were stuck standing behind them waiting, only to have their music (finally) interrupted by tepid applause for the dancers. 9 valkyries were not enough?

    • The Dybbuk

      The interpolated dance split the audience when I saw it live, some boos but also appreciative applause. The conductor then, Nagano,waited until after the audience response before he cued the orchestra whereas Petrenko didn’t, which I thought was a mistake. For what it’s worth, I thought the dance a suitable addition but can understand why others would find it intrusive.

      • MissShelved

        I’d agree that, as a dance, it was not bad. But sometimes choreographers have to let good stuff lie on the cutting room floor (been there, done that). I thought the dance would have been more interesting if there had been some build-up to it, or if it were at least better integrated with the singing Walkures. That would have required the use of the existing music (of which there is plenty!) and perhaps a different movement sensibility altogether. But at the very least, Petrenko should have held his entrance. Clearly, the earlier (premiere?) conductor understood this.