Video: Opera North, Ring - Walkure - Documentary

Written By The Wagnerian on Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | 11:09:00 pm




Pera North is staging Wagner's epic Ring cycle over 4 years.  This documentary follows the preparations for Die Walküre, the second part in the saga.

Wotan is king of the gods, law-maker and father of nine warrior daughters (Valkyries) with the goddess of the Earth, Erda.  He tries to break the curse of the Ring of power by fathering a pure-of-heart hero by a mortal woman.  But when the lives of Wotan's mortal off-spring are threatened, his plans to protect them are thwarted and his favourite daughter defies his will.  Though Wotan still loves her dearly, he is forced to punish her severely.

Siegmund - ERIK NELSON WERNER Sieglinde - ALWYN MELLOR Hunding - CLIVE BAYLEY Wotan - BÉLA PERENCZ Fricka - KATARINA KARNÉUS Brünnhilde - ANNALENA PERSSON Helmwige - KATHERINE BRODERICK Ortlinde - MEETA RAVAL Gerhilde - MIRIAM MURPHY Waltraute - JENNIFER JOHNSTON Siegrune - MADELEINE SHAW Rossweisse - CATHERINE HOPPER Grimgerde - ANTONIA SOTGIU Schwertleite - EMMA CARRINGTON

Conductor - RICHARD FARNES Concert Staging and Lighting/Projection Designer - PETER MUMFORD.