NZSO Concert peformance of Walkure: July 2012.

Written By The Wagnerian on Thursday, 24 May 2012 | 12:42:00 pm

Press release as received although unsure why anyone would want to translate the name:

Never before has the momentous Wagner opera The Valkyrie (Die Walküre) been performed in concert with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
An international stellar cast of singers and full symphony orchestra, featuring more than 100 musicians, will join forces this July to bring you the ground-breaking music of Richard Wagner’s epic music drama – The Valkyrie (Die Walküre). 
Full of love, abandonment, infidelity, and incest, The Valkyrie is the second of four operas that form the cycle The Ring of the Nibelung (Der Ring des Nibelungen).

Helden baritone John Wegner is no stranger to the role of Wotan, King of the gods, with an impressive six seasons at Bayreuth Festival – the spiritual home of Wagner’s music. He finds his match in the dramatic prowess of Margaret Medlyn’s Fricka. Internationally-renowned Wagnerian tenor Simon O’Neill returns home to sing the demanding role of Siegmund – one he has already performed at the Royal Opera House and La Scala - and the exquisite soprano Edith Haller is Sieglinde, who was first heard in this role at the 2010 Bayreuth Festival. Dramatic soprano superstar, and prestigious Richard Tucker award recipient, Christine Goerke will be an indomitable force singing the role of Brünnhilde, and in the role of Hunding is another shining star – the charismatic New Zealander Jonathan Lemalu, whose rich, resonant bass makes him an audience favourite. 
Supported by an astounding hoard of eight “Valkiwis” (Valkyries who are all Kiwis), and backed by a super-sized New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, including three harps, four French Horns, four Wagner Tubas, a contrabass trombone, bass trumpet, steerhorn, and even a thunder machine, this extraordinary musical event, conducted by critically acclaimed Music Director Pietari Inkinen, will be cherished and remembered for years to come.
Wagner’s epic tale of gods and men will grab you by the horns and not let you go. Well, not for five hours and 40 minutes that is (including two intervals). So book your meals with us, bring a cushion, escape from the cold, and prepare for an unforgettable musical memory with the NZSO.
You simply can’t miss this rare opportunity to hear the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in The Valkyrie, with support from the Wagner Society of New Zealand and the Wagner New Zealand Foundation. 
Renowned New Zealand bass-baritone Roger Wilson will give a free 30-minute talk in all three centres, 45-minutes prior to each performance. For more details about each NZSO pre-concert talk, visit www.nzso.co.nz/talks
NZSO The Valkyrie (Die Walküre)  
An opera in three acts sung in German with English surtitles 
Stellar International Cast
With support from the Wagner Society of New Zealand and the Wagner New Zealand Foundation
PIETARI INKINEN Conductor 
SIMON O’NEILL Siegmund
EDITH HALLER Sieglinde
CHRISTINE GOERKE Brünnhilde
JOHN WEGNER Wotan
JONATHAN LEMALU Hunding
MARGARET MEDLYN Fricka
The “Valkiwis” (Valkyries): 
Morag Atchison, Amanda Atlas, Sarah Castle, Kristen Darragh, Wendy Doyle, Lisa Harper-Brown, Anna Pierard, Kate Spence.