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 four-opera-cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen, Die 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.
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: LPCM 2.0 & DTS Master Audio 5.1 Format: Bluray Region code: All regions Running time: 240 mins Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO Year: 2018
"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" The Financial Times