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Wagner Die Walküre

The 27 June 2024
Gran Teatre del Liceu - Barcelona
Program

Wagner : Die Walküre

Cast
  • Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu
  • Conductor
    Josep Pons
  • Director
    Concert Version
  • Performers
    Siegmund: Clay Hilley
    Sieglinde: Lise Davidsen
    Wotan: N.N.
    Hunding: Gábor Bretz
  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Gran Teatre del Liceu - Barcelona Location La Rambla, 51-59 - 08002 Barcelona Espagne

  • Venue's Capacity: 2290
  • Other : PRICE: The Gran Teatre del Liceu uses "Dynamic Pricing" that means that Prices for all performances are subject to change (increase and decrease) based on their sales. So, the prices may have changed, you will be informed of the new price as soon as possible, you will then be able to choose wether you want to buy your tickets at the new price or to cancel your booking (your credit card will not be charged).

On 4 April 1847, the Gran Teatre del Liceu established by Miguel Garriga, opened its doors with a very diverse programme. Anna Bolena by Donizetti was one of the major events here. In 1861, the theatre caught fire. It was rebuilt one year later to become the true rival of the old Santa Gran Teatre. At the end of the 19th century, the Liceu became the venue where people came to see and be seen; which is why the shows were performed with the house lights left on.

The work of national composers was rarely performed. However, among them were several highly esteemed composers, including GURIDI, ARRIETA and BRETON. The great French operas did not take hold quite as quickly as the Italian repertoire. It was in 1851 that Robert le diable was performed. Enthusiasm for MEYERBEER reached its peak with the performance of the play Les Huguenots in 1856; he is one of the most frequently performed composers in the history of the Liceu. This fascination of the public for the French repertoire grew with the performances of GOUNOD’s Faust in 1864 which was considered, with its 26 consecutive performances, as the last word in opera. At the end of the 19th century, the Liceu was one of the leading opera houses in Europe. Verdi was performed there, as were the great French operas, and national composers such as Felip PEDRELL and Wagner. Die Walküre caused a sensation and the house lights of the Liceu were put out for the first time.

The performance of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov on 20 November 1915 marked the beginning of a period of splendour for Russian opera at the Liceu. When the second republic was proclaimed in 1931, political instability led to a serious financial crisis which badly affected the Liceu. During the civil war, the Liceu was nationalised and took the name “Gran Teatre del Liceu”. Its seasons were later suspended.

The activities of the Liceu began again in 1939 under the aegis of the Spanish and German authorities, subject to the propaganda of the Third Reich. Wagner was the most frequently performed composer during this period. In 1955, for the first time in its history, the Festival of Bayreuth was held at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Germany felt the need to make up for its recent past. Barcelona was an obvious choice, given its longstanding Wagnerian tradition and the authoritarian regime that kept away any hostile element.

On 31 January 1994, the Liceu was once again destroyed by fire and it was rebuilt on the same site. The new building opened in 1999 offering great artistic and technological quality whilst respecting the former décor which had been reproduced. Its stage allows two or three performances at the same time with maximum visibility and an improved acoustic quality.

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Synopsis

Die Walküre

LA WALKYRIE, ONE OF THE GREAT GREAT GERMAN OPERAS'S BY WAGNER

Richard Wagner's La Walkyrie, which translates to The Valkyrie brings to the stage a beautiful story and stunning imagery of the Norse myths of the Valkyrie choosing which soldiers will live and die in battle.

This classic piece of German culture to hear live the iconic Ride of the Valkyrie, which is probably best known in popular culture as the theme of the helicopter pilots in the Hollywood movie, Apocalypse Now.

HISTORY

Based at the time of the Vikings, this opera by the great German composer is the second of the four operas in the classic Ring of the Nibelung series. The basis of the story of this series of operas tells the tale of the Norse hero Siegfried, explaining the story of the conception of the Norse hero and the romance between his parents.

Act 1

A raging storm forces Siegmund to take shelter in an unfamiliar house, where he is greeted by Sieglinde, the unhappy mistress of the home. Siegmund is obviously fleeing and decides to hide his identity behind the name Wehwalt. Sieglinde's husband, Hunding returns and prompts Siegmund to reveal the fact he is fleeing a group of pursuers. Hunding reveals he is one of those pursuing Siegmund and challenges him to battle the next morning. Sieglinde explains the tree in the centre of the room holds a sword left there by a mysterious old man. Siegmund removes the sword and realises it was left by his father and that Sieglinde is his twin sister.

Act 2

As act 2 begins the truth about the ancestry of Siegmund and Sieglinde is revealed as the Norse God Wotan explains to his Valkyrie daughter, Brunhilde that Siegmund and Sieglinde are his children. The conversation is interrupted by Fricka, Wotan's wife who is also the guardian of marriage, she tells Wotan that he must allow Siegmund to be killed as he has committed adultery and incest with his sister Sieglinde. Wotan interferes with the battle between Siegmund and Hunding, which ends with Siegmund's death.

Act 3

Brunhilde flees the scene of Siegmund's death with Sieglinde, whom she brings to the other Valkyrie, Brunhilde agrees to delay Wotan and let Sieglinde and her unborn child, Siegfried flee. Wotan arrives and decides that Brunhilde must be punished by death for her actions in disobeying him. Brunhilde pleads for her life and is held at the top of a mountain in a deep sleep until a hero wakes her with a kiss. Wotan makes the mountain difficult to access by allowing the God, Loge to create a ring of fire around the mountain.

MAIN ROLES

Siegmund, son of Wotan, tenor
Sieglinde, daughter of Wotan, soprano
Hunding, husband of Sieglinde, bass
Wotan, Norse God, bass-baritone
Fricka, Wotan's wife, mezzo-soprano
Brunhilde, Valkyrie, soprano

Gran Teatre del Liceu © A. Bofill

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