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Wagner: Die Walküre DVD 2018 (The Royal Opera)

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Antonio Pappano conducts an outstanding cast including Nina Stemme, John Lundgren, Sarah Connolly, Emily Magee, Stuart Skelton, Ain Anger and Lise Davidsen in Keith Warner’s ‘outstanding staging’ (Evening Standard) of Die Walküre. The most performed work in Wagner's Der Ring des NibelungenDie Walküre includes the glorious music for the incestuous lovers Siegmund and Sieglinde, and Wotan’s passionate farewell to his beloved daughter Brünnhilde. This superbly filmed recording is the winner of BBC Music Magazine's DVD of the Year 2021. 

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Composer: Richard Wagner
Brünnhilde: Nina Stemme
Wotan: John Lundgren
Sieglinde: Emily Magee
Siegmund: Stuart Skelton
Fricka: Sarah Connolly
Ortlinde: Lise Davidsen
Hunding: Ain Anger

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Director: Keith Warner
Designer: Stefanos Lazaridis
Costumes: Marie-Jeanne Lecca

Plus: Why The Royal Opera love performing Die Walküre; What it’s like performing The Ring Cycle with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; The musical secrets of Wagner’s Die Walküre; Cast Gallery

Picture: 16:9
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo & DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Format: NTSC
Region code: All regions
Running time: 240 mins
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO 
Year: 2018



Reviews

"There is some terrific singing along the way: Stemme’s strength of emotion and pinpoint negotiation of vocal intervals, Skelton’s clarity and an increasingly heroic sound, Magee’s sheer focus tapping the same level as her Strauss Kaiserin... Pappano delivers a further degree of the Rudolf Kempe-like lyricism – nothing overstated but no lack of power or motion where needed" Gramophone

"Pappano has always had a special relationship with the Ring’s second part…and the Royal Opera House Orchestra rewards him with some of its most sumptuous playing. The cast in this 2018 staging would have been the envy of every world class opera company…But it’s Nina Stemme, as it should be, who defines this production." BBC Music Magazine 

"Sarah Connolly’s Fricka has become one of the production’s highpoints: she conveys the bitter anger of marital betrayal in every phrase and every stiffened joint. Nina Stemme’s Brünnhilde is also tremendously accomplished, reflecting the gamut of emotions in facial expression and vocal line alike." Evening Standard

"The ROH Orchestra’s playing, which combines confidence with tonal warmth, underpins the evening. Conductor Antonio Pappano’s approach is founded on lyricism, but with keen dramatic accents where required. Above all he and his musicians supply constant momentum" Financial Times

 

Awards

BBC Music Magazine: Winner - DVD of the Year 2021