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At the Opera, Die Walkure Act 3 Continued and Potpourri, October 09, 2016


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

The story of Die Walküre 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 in Munich on June 26, 1870. Wagner originally intended the work 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 work made its United States premiere at the Academy of Music in New York on April 2, 1877.


Sigmund – Ramon Vinay

Sieglinde – Regina Resnik

Brunnhilde – Astrid Varnay

Wotan – Hans Hotter

Live at Bayreuth 1953

Clemens Krauss – conductor


Saint-Saens: Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Saint-Saens
London/Decca 4758366
Charles Gounod: Faust: Serenade: Vous qui faites l'endormie BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Charles Gounod
London/Decca 4758366
Verdi: Don Carlo, opera: O don fatale BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Verdi
London/Decca 4758366
Puccini: Turandot, opera: Signore, ascolta! BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Puccini
London/Decca 4758366
Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: La dolcissima effigie BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Cilea
London/Decca 4758366
Nicolai Gedda: Martha, opera: Ach, so fromm BUY from 10 Great Tenors
Nicolai Gedda: Roméo et Juliette, opera: L'amour, l'amour!... Ah! lÃ soleil BUY from 10 Great Tenors
Nicolai Gedda Maria Callas: Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Bimba dagli occhi pieni di malia BUY from 10 Great Tenors
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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