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At The Opera, Wagner: Die Walkure, September 12, 2015


Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) is an opera in three acts by Richard Wagner with a German libretto by the composer. It is the second of the four operas that form Wagner's cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung).

The story of the opera is based on the Norse mythology told in the Volsunga Saga and the Poetic Edda. In Norse mythology, a valkyrie is one in a group of female figures who decide which soldiers die in battle and which live. Die Walküre's best-known excerpt is the "Ride of the Valkyries".

It received its premiere at the National-Theater in Munich on June 26, 1870. Wagner originally intended the opera to be premiered as part of the entire cycle, but was forced to allow the performance at the insistence of his patron King Ludwig II of Bavaria. It was first presented as part of the complete cycle on August 14, 1876 at Wagner's Bayreuth Festival. The opera made its United States premiere at the Academy of Music in New York on April 2, 1877. This 1966 recording stars James King, Regine Crespin, Hans Hotter and Birgit Nilsson. Sir Georg Solti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic.


Wagner: Die walkure Act 3 Vienna Philharmonic; Solti, conductor
Johann Strauss, Jr.: DIE FLEDERMAUS: Mein Herr Marquis (The Laughing Song) BUY Hungarian Operetta Orchestra; Laszlo Kovacs, conductor Zsuzsa Czonka, soprano
Naxos 578037
Franz Lehar: Lippen schweigen (Lips Stay Silent) (from 'Die lustige Witwe') BUY Hungarian Operetta Orchestra; Laszlo Kovacs, conductor Zsuzsa Csonka
Naxos 578037
Johann Strauss, Jr.: Voices of Spring (Fruhlingsstimmen) BUY Hungarian Operetta Orchestra; Laszlo Kovacs, conductor Ingrid Kertesi, soprano
Naxos 578037
Franz Lehar: THE LAND OF SMILES: Yours is My Heart Alone (DAS LAND DES LACHELNS: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz) BUY Hungarian Operetta Orchestra; Laszlo Kovacs, conductor Janos Berkes, tenor
Naxos 578037
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Dolce e calmo BUY ; Arturo Basile, conductor
Bellini: Norma, opera: Casta Diva BUY RAI; Arturo Basile, conductor
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
Wagner: The Ride of the Valkyries BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Wagner
London/Decca 4758366
Richard Wagner: Die Walkure BUY The Vienna Philharmonic; Sir Georg Solti, conductor

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