Wagner’s best-known music – seen & heard like never before.
A high-tech treatment of the most famous act in Wagner’s Ring Cycle makes this an experience you will not want to miss. Detroit Opera’s own Yuval Sharon and Christine Goerke join forces in this unique production which zooms in on the drama of Act III, beginning with the unforgettable “Ride of the Valkyries” and ending with “Magic Fire Music.”
“Every phrase in Ms. Goerke’s performance of this daunting role was driven by what her character was saying. She made the words matter, not just through clear German diction but through the meaning and intention of the phrase.”
– New York Times
“But when Yuval Sharon staged Act 3 of what was now advertised as “The Valkyries” on Sunday night …. Hollywood Bowl history was made again, along with live animation operatic history… Wagner’s gods have got something to be happy about.”
– Los Angeles Times
Brünnhilde’s eight sisters, the Valkyries, are on their way to Valhalla to report on the fallen heroes they have gathered (“Ride of the Valkiyries”). When Brünnhilde arrives with Sieglinde, the Valkyries refuse to shelter them for fear of Wotan’s wrath. Brünnhilde gives Sieglinde the broken pieces of Nothung, the sword of her fallen lover, Siegmund, which Wotan shattered. She sends Sieglinde to seek refuge in the forest where the dragon Fafner hides, safe from Wotan. Sieglinde takes some comfort in the knowledge that she will bear Siegmund’s son, whom Brünnhilde predicts will be the greatest of all heroes.
Wotan arrives, chastising Brünnhilde for her betrayal and sentences her to be stripped of her status as a Valkyrie and to become mortal, left asleep on the mountaintop to be claimed by the first mortal man to awaken her. Brünnhilde first declares she’s rather perish than endure such a punishment, then begs mercy of Wotan for herself, his favorite child, to be surrounded by terrifying flames so only the bravest of heroes will awaken her.
Wotan agrees, regretfully leaving his daughter to her long sleep, surrounded by terrifying flames (“Magic Fire Music”).