An Epic Serving of Fate
Download Die Walküre‘s keynotes here.
To pre-order specialty cheese boards for Die Walküre from our friends at L’Apéro, please scroll down to the bottom of the page. Out of respect for your neighbours, we ask that you please enjoy your snacks & beverages preshow or at intermission. Thank you!
In Richard Wagner’s mesmerizing opera Die Walküre, the second installment of his epic tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen, a dramatic tale of gods, heroes, and destiny unfolds. Set in a mythical world of gods and mortals, the story follows the intertwined fates of the brave warrior Siegmund and his long-lost twin sister Sieglinde. As their forbidden love blooms amidst a raging storm, they discover their true identities and their shared heritage as the offspring of Wotan, the mighty ruler of the gods. However, their passionate bond sets off a chain of events that threatens the balance of power in the divine realm.
Amidst this turmoil, the Valkyries, fierce warrior maidens who gather fallen heroes to Valhalla, come into play. Led by the bold and valiant Brünnhilde, they descend upon the human world to fulfill their sacred duty. But when Brünnhilde defies her father Wotan’s command and aids Siegmund, she becomes entangled in a web of divine consequences and faces dire repercussions. Die Walküre is a gripping tale of love, betrayal, and sacrifice, filled with iconic soaring melodies, powerful vocal performances, and breathtaking orchestral passages that transport audiences to a world of myth and legend; where destiny unfolds in a grand feast of emotions and grandeur.
No, we cannot field a 120-piece orchestra, nor do we have anything like modern theatrical technology at our disposal to make mythological magic. Neither can one stroll during an hour-long interval to enjoy a plate of bratwurst and sauerkraut before plunging back into the cosmic drama—this time to see the god of gods given what feels like his comeuppance by an outraged spouse… I hope many of you still have happy memories of our production of Das Rheingold; it was very well received by seasoned Wagnerians, used to all of the above. In anticipation of Rheingold nine years ago, I wrote about our hopes for the production, partly in an effort to stave off premature (and obvious) criticism: “Certainly in the direction of Romantic opera of a certain scale, Der Ring des Nibelungen is the unchallenged ne plus ultra—an inscription found on the Pillars of Hercules and meant to stop ships from progressing further. The labour is indeed Herculean, and the ambition may smack of hubris, but we hope that our continuously unfolding saga of operatic adventure and exploration will find in this undertaking a climactic moment of collective achievement—a shared moment of glory.”
– Timothy Vernon, Founding Artistic Director
More of Die Walküre
The Ride of the Valkyries from Richard Wagner’s opera Die Walküre is considered iconic and one of the most recognized songs in classical music. The piece features a thrilling orchestral arrangement that captures the intensity and grandeur of a group of Valkyries, mythical warrior maidens, riding into battle. With its triumphant brass fanfares, sweeping strings, and energetic rhythm, the music evokes a sense of heroism and adventure that has resonated with audiences across generations, becoming synonymous with epic and awe-inspiring moments in film, television, and popular culture. Even if you haven’t seen Die Walküre you’ve likely heard it. Check out our Youtube playlist below to see everything from Bugs Bunny to the Vietnam War.
Inside Opera: Die Walküre
On September 8th, Robert Holliston held a community talk at The Baumann Center diving into the world of Die Walküre, immersing our community in the iconic melodies and delved into the rich tapestry of this legendary production. To take part of Inside Opera this season, please click here.
Estimated Run Time: 5hrs (with 2 Intermissions)
Pre-performance talk: 1 hour before each performance
Act 1 65 mins
Intermission 30 mins
Act 2 95 mins
Intermission 30 mins
Act 3 75 mins
Choreographer & Fight Director
Set & Costume Designer
Assistant Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Apprentice Stage Manager.
Discussing Wagner's Legacy
Acknowledging Wagner's controversial legacy is crucial to a holistic examination of his music. While his compositions are undeniably influential, Wagner's anti-Semitic views have raised important ethical questions about his work. Engaging in open discussions about these aspects fosters a deeper understanding of the complex relationship between art and the artist's beliefs. It encourages reflection on how art can both inspire and challenge societal norms. Please join us for some thoughtful dialogue around this topic as we explore Wagner's music, ensuring a comprehensive exploration of his enduring impact on the world of opera.
Our friends at Likht Ensemble have created numerous media to discuss the works of Wagner.
And our the GVPL have also assembled various lists of further reading.
For more information about Wagner, including two free discussions, please visit our Likht Ensemble residency page.
Order at L’Apéro | Boards on the Go
Victoria’s popular wine and cheese bistro, L’Apéro, is offering pre-orders on their specialty cheese boards for the opera! Only available by pre-order 24-hours in advance, be sure to order early and then pick up your selection in the Royal Theatre lobby.
Out of respect for your neighbours, we ask that you please enjoy your snacks & beverages preshow or at intermission. Thank you!
Order at L’Apéro | Boards on the Go | Opera Menu (https://www.laperobistro.net/online-ordering/)
For Die Walküre only, due to its extraordinary length, the Royal Theatre will allow food ordered through L'Apéro Cheese & Wine Bistro to be enjoyed in the theatre. (Please note, the Royal Theatre will not permit: outside food, cutlery, outside beverages, or glass containers)
Did you miss the pre-order cutoff? L'Apero will begin dinner service at 4pm at the Bistro on performance nights for opera goers who would like to stop in before the show for dinner or a light snack.