Union Avenue Opera’s four-year journey through Wagner’s Ring cycle continues on the heels of 2012’s successful mounting of Das Rheingold. The second installment, Die Walküre showcases some of Wagner’s most celebrated music, including his famous “Ride of the Valkyries.”
Wotan, ruler of the gods, wishes to protect his children but is forced to forsake them when his twin offspring, Siegmund and Sieglinde, find themselves entangled in forbidden love. In an attempt to protect Sigmund, Brünnhilde, Wotan’s Valkyrie daughter, disobeys her father’s command and is duly punished: Wotan strips her of her immortality and puts her to sleep surrounded by a wall of flames that only the greatest hero can conquer.
Die Walküre is reduced and adapted by English composer Jonathan Dove. His masterful cuts condense the opera in length to under three hours and will be enhanced by video projections befitting the magnificent grandeur of the Ring cycle.
Elise Quagliata returns to UAO, where she will continue her portrayal of the Goddess Fricka. Joining her onstage as the warrior daughters Brünnhilde and Waltraute are Alexandra LoBianco (Turandot, Turandot) and Cecelia Stearman (Erda, Das Rheingold) respectively. New faces will be bountiful in "Die Walküre" as we welcome James Taylor (Siegmund); Amber Smoke (Sieglinde); Nathan Whitson (Hunding); Timothy Bruno (Wotan); Melissa Sumner (Helmwige); and Lindsey Anderson (Roβweiβe).
August 16, 17, 23, 24 at 8 p.m.
Die Walküre will be presented in German with projected English supertitles.
Friday Night Lecture Series: August 16 and 23
Join us for our Friday Night Lecture Series at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall presented by Glen Bauer, Ph. D., Associate Chair, Department of Music at Webster University. Lectures are free and open to the public.