Following the resounding acclaim received 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 known to be the most impressive event in opera, representing the pinnacle of opulence, excess and excellence and the ultimate challenge for any opera company. As the first independent and unsubsidised Ring Cycle to be staged in Australia since 1913, Melbourne Opera’s production is a historic event.
With a plot that many say inspired The Lord of the Rings, and a score that includes the iconic leitmotif Ride of the Valkyries, used to great effect in many films and memorably in Apocalypse Now, Die Walküre is lauded as the inspiration behind many great themes, stories and soundtracks across the ages.
Between Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, Wotan fathers half-human twins Siegmund and Sieglinde in his attempt to change destiny and subvert the foretold destruction of the gods and Valhalla.
He also fathers an extraordinary warrior woman, Brunnhilde along with her sister Valkyries to protect his godly empire. But children, mortal, or even demigod it seems, never do exactly what a parent plans: they have free will and what ensues is a messy, passionate and transcendent emotional roller coaster where Wotan is forced by duty to turn against those he loves the most. Siegmund and Sieglinde both emerge heroically, Brunnhilde discovers the meaning of love and Wotan is pushed to breaking point.
Melbourne Opera’s production features an all-Australian cast led by internationally acclaimed singers and helmed by creatively gifted Wagner director, Suzanne Chaundy, who continues her realisation of Wagner’s epic Ring.
Tickets are on sale now via Ticketek, with bookings available online, or via phone 13 28 49.