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04 March 2016 at 19h00 CET
Duration: 03:54:00"


Richard Wagner

Genius creator of the most extensive work in the history of opera, Wagner made his mighty ‘RING’ in a world where man exists alongside dwarfs, giants and gods. Director, Pierre Audi offers a simple but yet ingenious look on the fatal love story between Siegmund and Sieglinde.

In DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN, Richard Wagner creates his own cosmos between myth and reality. Here we track the original treads of humanity and the relationship between gods and mortals: greed, hatred and malevolence are opposed to love and fidelity, mankind struggles against gods. Who is good, who is bad?

THE VALKYRIE, the First Day of the Ring, takes up again where RHINEGOLD has ended; the story evolves around Siegfried’s parents. The love of the twins Siegmund and Sieglinde incurs the wrath of their heavenly father Wotan, with a tragic conclusion in the second act. Furthermore, it becomes the reason for the discord between Wotan and his favourite daughter, the Valkyrie Brünnhilde. He condemns her to slumber in a ring of fire until Siegfried sets her free and takes her in THE TWILIGHT OF THE GODS to the court of King Gunther.

As artistic director of Dutch National Opera, Pierre Audi directed the first and only complete RING in the Netherlands. His VALKYRIE, premiered in 2005, is led by three internationally renowned Wagner singers: Christopher Ventris in the role of Sigmund, Thomas Johannes Mayer as Wotan, and Catherine Foster as Brünnhilde. The versatile American singer Catherine Naglestad plays the loving Sieglinde. The production is conducted by Hartmut Haenchen, then General Music Director of Dutch National Opera.


Christopher Ventris - Siegmund
Kurt Rydl - Hunding
Thomas Johannes Mayer - Wotan
Catherine Naglestad - Sieglinde
Catherine Foster - Brünnhilde
Doris Soffel - Fricka
Marion Ammann - Gerhilde
Martina Prins - Ortlinde
Lien Haegeman - Waltraute
Julia Faylenbogen - Schwertleite
Elaine McKrill - Helmwige
Wilke te Brummelstroete - Siegrune
Helena Rasker - Grimgerde
Cécile van de Sant - Rossweisse
Music director: Hartmut Haenchen
Costumes: Eiko Ishioka
Composer: Richard Wagner
Sets: George Tsypin
Dramaturge: Klaus Bertisch
Libretto: Richard Wagner
Lighting: Wolfgang Göbbel
Director: Pierre Audi
Orchestra: Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Video: Maarten van der Put

Available until

03 September 2016 at 23h59 CET
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The Opera Platform presents Wagner – THE VALKYRIE from Dutch National Opera. Starting 04 March 2016 at 19h00 CET, the opera will be available as video on demand.


This opera is a full-length performance offered in addition to our regular programme. Subtitles in six languages will not be provided.