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Valkyrie day

We start on BR-KLASSIK with a leisurely walk through the first day of Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelung” – and take a closer look at the plot and characters. Then we continue in a wild ride with two groundbreaking interpretations of the “Walküre”: Kirill Petrenko with Frank Castorf from 2015 and Daniel Barenboim with Harry Kupfer from 1991.

  • Günther Groisböck

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    Docu: Wotan must wait

    The documentary about the celebrated bass Günther Groissböck tells about the fact that nothing can be planned in life. In recent years Groissböck has conquered the world’s major stages, such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich or the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Every summer, the Bayreuth Festival is the centre of his creative work. In 2020 he was to sing Wotan in the new “Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner. Groissböck has put over a year of intensive preparation, role study and rehearsals into this mega role, one of the longest and most demanding roles in the opera repertoire. Until the corona virus thwarted his plans… The documentary accompanies the singer on his strenuous and restless travel life. It shows the model athlete’s poles of strength, the sport and the mountains of his Austrian homeland. And it shows how a world-class artist appropriates – step by step – one of the most difficult roles of all, the Wotan.

    Picture: Günther Groissböck (Copyright: BR/Markus Konvalin

    Docu: Wotan must wait

  • Sir Simon Rattle

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    Walking the Ring – “The Valkyrie” – “Wishful Bride”?

    What is Wotan’s will? And why does his favorite daughter Brünnhilde do everything right? BR-KLASSIK pursues these questions in the second part of our ring walk: “The Valkyrie”. Reflections on the plot and characters of the first part of the “Ring” tetralogy. The musical recording for this was made at the beginning of 2019 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle.

    Picture: Simon Rattle (Copyright: Oliver Helbig)

    Walking the Ring – “The Valkyrie” – “Wishful Bride”?

  • Bayreuther Festspiele 2015 - Die Walküre

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    “The Valkyrie” with Kirill Petrenko and Frank Castorf

    BR-KLASSIK brings a previously unreleased recording of the “Valkyrie” from 2015 – with Kirill Petrenko at the desk – as part of the digital Bayreuth Festival. The cast of the “Walküre” brings a meanwhile deceased, deserving tenor to mind: Johan Botha as Siegmund! In addition, Anja Kampe (Sieglinde), Catherine Foster (Brünnhilde) and Wolfgang Koch (Wotan) successfully competed for the favour of the traditionally enthusiastic local audience. Director Frank Castorf added some socialist accessories and trivialities to Wagner’s anti-capitalist basic tendency. The second part and “First Day” of the tetralogy was set in pre-revolutionary Azerbaijan in the 1880s, complete with a wooden oil production church tower.

    Picture: Staging Valkyrie of 2015 (Copyright: Bayreuth Festival/Enrico Nawrath)

    “The Valkyrie” with Kirill Petrenko and Frank Castorf

  • ARD Walküre Barenboim

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    “The Valkyrie” with Daniel Barenboim and Harry Kupfer

    A few props were enough for Harry Kupfer. His production of Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelung” had a formative influence on the Bayreuth Festival for over five years. The “Walküre” is also primarily about the abysses of the human soul. Daniel Barenboim conducted the production in 1991, which can be seen here, presented by 3sat.

    “The Valkyrie” with Daniel Barenboim and Harry Kupfer

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