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WAGNER: THE VALKYRIE

Summary

Opera in concert version
  • Sunday March 17th 2024
  • Royal Opera
  • 3pm | 4h50 including two intermissions
Accueil WAGNER : LA WALKYRIE

Cast

  • First day in three acts of the Tetralogy The Ring of the Nibelungen (Der Ring des Nibelungen) to a libretto by Wagner, premiered in Munich in 1870.
  • Peter Sonn Siegmund
  • Hiroshi Matsui Hunding
  • Thomas Johannes Mayer Wotan
  • Ingegjerd Bagøien Moe Sieglinde
  • Aile Asszonyi Brünnhilde
  • Judith Braun Fricka, Waltraute
  • Elizabeth Wiles Gerhilde
  • Liudmila Lokaichuk Ortlinde
  • Maria Polańska Schwertleite
  • Valda Wilson Helmwige
  • Joanna Jaworowska Siegrune
  • Clara-Sophie Bertram Grimgerde
  • Carmen Seibel Rossweiße
  • Orchestre du Théâtre National de la Sarre
  • Sébastien Rouland Conductor
  • Concert in German with French and English surtitles

Presentation

A Ring at Versailles: the dream of Ludwig II of Bavaria

 

For any opera house, Richard Wagner’s Ring – The Ring of the Nibelung – is one of the high points of lyric art. Composed between 1853 and 1874, this cycle is a myth, constructed as a “stage festival” with a Prologue: The Rheingold, and three days: The Valkyrie, Siegfried and Twilight of the Gods. This famous Tetralogy was first presented in its entirely for the opening of the Bayreuth Festspielhaus in 1876.

 

King Ludwig II of Bavaria’s absolute passion for Versailles and for Wagner forged a unique connection between this Ring and the most beautiful palace in the world.

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To celebrate the upcoming hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Ring (1876-2026), the Opéra Royal de Versailles has asked the Saarland State Theatre of Saarbrücken, which has been staging each of the four Ring operas since last season, to come and present them at Versailles in a concert version: the singers will perform their roles without a score, and the orchestra and chorus will also be on stage.

 

Since it was founded in 1786, the Saarland State Theatre has become one of the most renowned theatres, ballet and opera houses in Germany, with seven hundred performances and 200,000 spectators every season. Its National Orchestra, founded in 1912, has been led by great resident conductors, especially in recent decades, such as Jiří Kout, Christof Perick and Jun Märkl. France’s Sébastien Rouland has held the role since 2018, and will be conducting the entire Tetralogy.

 

It is a tradition for every German opera house to regularly stage a production of the Ring. The singers of the permanent troupe, for whom it represents a core element of the repertoire, are joined here by guest soloists who perform the major roles in all German-language operas. As such, the Saarbrücken Theatre will be presenting a project, rooted in one hundred and fifty years of practice, at Versailles over a four-year period. After the success of The Rheingold in May 2023 comes the second instalment – and the first day – of the cycle.

 

With The Valkyrie, Wagner reached the peak of lyric art: the hero stands out for his exceptional force, while the famous Ride of the Valkyries earned the work a place among the world’s best-known pieces of music. A true masterpiece!

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DOGE CATEGORY: Best seats, a free programme, an invitation to the cocktail reception (opening 45 min before the show) and unlimited champagne.

 

PRESTIGE VIP CATEGORY : Best seats in house with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.

 

PRESTIGE CATEGORY : Excellent seats with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.

 

REDUCED RATE applicable to under 26s, Chateau de Versailles Spectacles card holders and groups of more than 10 people (excluding special company offer).

 

To ensure the best welcome possible, people with limited mobility are advised to book their seats by telephone at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89.

 

In case of any technical problem, the box office service remains available to complete your order by phone at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89 (Monday-Friday from 11am to 6pm) or in our box office-shop (3 bis rue des Réservoirs, 78000 Versailles ; Monday-Friday from 11am to 6pm, and on Saturdays with concerts or shows except during the Musical Fountains Shows, from 2pm to 5pm).

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