“Die Walküre”: Hungarian State Opera To Stage Richard Wagner Masterpiece – Video!
Tamás Székely 2016.03.02.
Next Sunday the Hungarian State Opera will present a new production of Richard Wagner’s legendary masterpiece Die Walküre. Thanks to the involvement of conductor Péter Halász the Budapest Opera will not be a look at remote Germanic mythology, but rather aims to be thought-provoking and challenging, as well as of a high musical standard.
With this production of Die Walküre for the 2015/16 season, Balázs Béla Prize-winning and Oscar nominee animated film director Géza M. Tóth will be continuing his task of reconceiving Richard Wagner’s entire Ring cycle. Following on the heels of Das Rheingold, now Die Walküre will be imagined anew on the stage.
“I am extremely eager to know how the last act will affect you; for besides you I have no one to whom it would be worthwhile to communicate this. It has turned out well – probably the best I have so far written. I’ve captured a terrific storm of elements and of hearts, which gradually calms to Brünnhilde’s magic sleep,” wrote Richard Wagner of the score to Die Walküre, in a letter to Hungarian-born musical genius Ferenc Liszt.
And it is true: after the introductory Das Rheingold, this constitutes the start of the more tightly drawn dramatic trilogy. Once again, the laws of the gods clash: can paternal love save a lad who has violated the sanctity of marriage? And what punishments await the woman who protects the as-yet-unborn and innocent hero?
Premiere: 6 March 2016, 5 pm, Opera House, Budapest