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Wagner 'The Valkyrie' opera in concert with the NZSO

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Published on Jun 6, 2012

Never before has the momentous Wagner opera 'The Valkyrie' ('Die Walküre') been performed in concert with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

An international stellar cast of singers and full symphony orchestra, featuring more than 100 musicians, will join forces this July to bring you the ground-breaking music of Richard Wagner's epic music drama -- 'The Valkyrie' ('Die Walküre').

Full of love, abandonment, infidelity, and incest, 'The Valkyrie' is the second of four operas that form the cycle 'The Ring of the Nibelung' ('Der Ring des Nibelungen'). It features some of Wagner's most memorable music, including the popular excerpt 'Ride of the Valkyries'.

Wagner developed this epic tale of gods and men from Norse mythology. So, we invited none other than the crème de la crème of New Zealand and international singers to represent these dramatic characters in this once-in-a-lifetime opera in concert with your national orchestra.

Helden baritone John Wegner is no stranger to the role of Wotan, King of the gods, with an impressive six seasons at Bayreuth Festival -- the spiritual home of Wagner's music. He finds his match in the dramatic prowess of Margaret Medlyn's Fricka. Internationally-renowned Wagnerian tenor Simon O'Neill returns home to sing the demanding role of Siegmund -- one he has already performed at the Royal Opera House and La Scala - and the exquisite soprano Edith Haller is Sieglinde, who was first heard in this role at the 2010 Bayreuth Festival. Dramatic soprano superstar, and prestigious Richard Tucker award recipient, Christine Goerke will be an indomitable force singing the role of Brünnhilde, and in the role of Hunding is another shining star -- the charismatic New Zealander Jonathan Lemalu, whose rich, resonant bass makes him an audience favourite.

Supported by an astounding hoard of eight "Valkiwis" (Valkyries who are all Kiwis), and backed by a super-sized New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, including three harps, four French Horns, four Wagner Tubas, a contrabass trombone, bass trumpet, steerhorn, and even a thunder machine, this extraordinary musical event, conducted by critically acclaimed Music Director Pietari Inkinen, will be cherished and remembered for years to come.

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