Wagner: Die Walküre

Dresdner Festspielorchester / Concerto Köln / Kent Nagano – Hamburg International Music Festival

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Kent Nagano
Kent Nagano © Lyodoh Kaneko
Dresdner Festspielorchester
Dresdner Festspielorchester © Oliver Killig
Concerto Köln
Concerto Köln © Harald Hoffmann

Of war and peace, contracts and betrayal

Richard Wagner’s opera »Die Walküre« is a passionate exploration of big themes such as love and betrayal, loyalty and rebellion. The god Wotan wanted to rule through contracts rather than violence but, as a result of broken promises, becomes increasingly entangled in problems until blood begins to flow. Finding no solutions, Wotan finally cries: »One thing alone do I want: the end!« But his daughter Brünnhilde thwarts his plans… At the Hamburg International Music Festival, there is an opportunity to experience the opera in historical original sound for the first time under conductor Kent Nagano.

At the festival, Kent Nagano is not conducting »his« orchestra, the Hamburg State Opera, but rather the Dresdner Festspielorchester, Concerto Köln and a top-class cast of soloists, who explore the playing and singing techniques of the 19th century. »More intimate tone colours, a more multi-layered and transparent sound, freed from the ballast of the centuries,« say the performers about the project, which seems to have been tailor-made for the transparent acoustics of the Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall. One of Wagner’s most famous pieces, the »Ride of the Valkyries« – famously used by director Francis Ford Coppola as background music to a helicopter attack in the anti-war film »Apocalypse Now« – thus sounds altogether different.


Dresdner Festspielorchester

Concerto Köln

Derek Welton Wotan

Maximilian Schmitt Siegmund

Sarah Wegener Sieglinde

Åsa Jäger Brünnhilde

Patrick Zielke Hunding

Claude Eichenberger Fricka

Natalie Karl Helmwiege

Chelsea Zurflüh Gerhilde

Karola Schmid Ortlinde

Ulrike Malotta Waltraute

Ida Aldrian Siegrune

Marie-Luise Dreßen Roßweiße

Eva Vogel Grimgerde

Jasmin Etminan Schwertleite

conductor Kent Nagano


Richard Wagner
Die Walküre / opera in three acts, WWV 86b

Concert performance in German


Opera in Concert


Hamburg International Music Festival

Promoter: HamburgMusik

The Wagner Cycles«: A project by Dresdner Musikfestspiele with Dresdner Festspielorchester and Concerto Köln under direction of Kent Nagano and Jan Vogler.

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