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Wagner: Die Walküre DVD (Nederlands Opera)

Die Walküre is the second part of Richard Wagner's gargantuan tetralogy, Der Ring des Nibelungen, concerning the irreconcilable struggle between Power and Love. The originality of this production from Het Muziektheater Amsterdam more than meets the perennial challenge of staging The Ring. Pierre Audi's stage direction, in which the orchestra is placed on the ring-shaped stage, succeeds in forging a profound unity between the lyrical, mythical and philosophical qualities of Wagner's work, complemented by George Tsypin's astonishing sets and wonderful costumes by Oscar-winning Eiko Ishioka. Impassioned singing, and intensely dramatic playing by the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra under the energetic baton of Hartmut Haenchen create a vigorous, almost intimate performance that will leave an indelible impression. This production of The Ring is based on the new collected works of Richard Wagner.

Composer: Richard Wagner
Siegmund: John Keyes
Hunding: Kurt Rydl
Wotan: John Bröcheler
Sieglinde: Nadine Secunde
Brünnhilde: Jeannine Altmeyer
Fricka: Rheinhild Runkel  

De Nederlandse Opera
Nederlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
Stage Director: Pierre Audi
Set Designs: George Tsypin
Costume Designs: Eiko Ishioka

Plus: Illustrated synopsis / Cast Gallery / Introduction to Die Walküre 

Picture: 16:9
Sound: LPCM 2.0 / DTS 5.0
Format: NTSC
Region code: 0 Worldwide
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/NE/JAP
Running time:  260 mins   
Recorded: 2006