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Part of the Wagner ring cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen. Running time approx. 5hr. In Die Walkure (which includes the famous Ride of the Valkyries
) the goddesses fly the souls of dead battle heroes to their new home in Valhalla but Brunnhilde (Chief Valkyrie) has fallen out with Wotan because she protected his half human son Siegmund in battle so he imprisons her on a rock surrounded by fire knowing that only a fearless hero (who he thinks doesn't exist) can save her. Running time 5 hours 26 minutes (2 intervals of 30 minutes and 65 minutes respectively). Sung in German with English SurtitlesPerformers Simon O'Neill (Siegmund), Placido Domingo (Siegmund), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Sieglinde), Stephen Milling (Hunding), John Tomlinson (Wotan), Lisa Gasteen (Brunnhilde), Rosalind Plowright (Fricka), Geraldine McGreevy (Gerhilde), Elaine McKrill (Ortlinde), Claire Powell (Waltraute), Rebecca de Pont Davies (Schwertielte), Irene Theorin (Helmwige), Sarah Castle (Siegrune), Clare Shearer (Grimgerde), Elizabeth Sikora (Rossweisse).
Author Wagner. Producer Royal Opera House. Conductor Antonio Pappano. Director Keith Warner. Design Stefanos Lazaridis. Costume Marie-Jeanne Lecca. Lighting Wolfgang Gobbel.
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