I am a big fan of opera and have been for some time now. I like Wagner's music a great deal, and Die Walkure contains some of my all-time favourite music of any of his operas.
This production is outstanding, well and truly outstanding. The choreography for Ride of the Valkyries I agree was rather disorderly, however compared to the rest of the production this is minor. Plus the orchestra literally send up a storm here and the visuals are exciting to watch in this scene.
The costumes, sets and effects are wonderfully grandiose, and the video directing and sound are some of the best for any opera I've heard recently. The orchestra play superbly with very little to fault it, and James Levine brings out the complexity of the score with panache.
The cast are simply wonderful. James Morris is in a role he is perfect for and it shows especially in the truly monumental Farewell scene, while Hildegard Behrens is a passionate and very well-projected Brunhilde and Jessye Norman puts her large, warm yet very beautiful voice to perfect use. Gary Lakes is a appropriately charismatic Siegmund and Christa Ludwig is a perfect Fricka, likewise with Kurt Moll as Hunding.
All in all, outstanding production. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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