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introduces Siegmund, Wotan's son by a human, and the Valkyries - Wotan's female warriors who are memorably portrayed in one of the opera's most exciting scenes. 'The Ride of the Valkyries'. Siemund's unwittingly incestuous love for his sister Sieglinde ignites a power struggle between Wotan and his consort Fricka, which leads to Siegmund's death. Brunnhilde, Wotan's best-loved daughter, defies her father and rescues Sieglinde, pregnant with Siegmund's child. Enraged by her defiance, Wotan imprisons Brunnhilde inside a ring of fire, stripped of the protection of the gods. Only a moral, innocent hero can save her. Sky and Artsworld Season. Running time approximately 4hrs 50mins. Supported by a syndicate of donors.Performers Par Lindskog (Siegmund), Orla Boylan (Sieglinde), Clive Bayley (Hunding), Robert Hayward (Wotan), Susan Parry (Fricka), Kathleen Broderick (Brunnhilde), Giselle Allen (Gerhilde), Claire Weston (Ortlinde), Emma Selway (Waltraute), Ethna Robinson (Schwerteite), Julia Melinek (Helmwige), Rebecca de Pont Davies (Siegrune), Valerie Reid (Grimgerde), Leah-Marian Jones (Rossweisse).
Author Wagner. Company English National Opera. Conductor Paul Daniel. Conductor Alex Ingram (May04 26). Director Phylida Lloyd. Design Richard Hudson. Lighting Simon Mills. Translation Jeremy Sams.
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