Saturday, May 13, 2017

May 13, 1999: Die Walkure in Vienna

1999-05-13 Die Walküre (R. Wagner), Wiener Staatsoper

Sieglinde = Waltraud Maier
Siegmund = Siegfried Jerusalem
Brunnhilde = Gabriele Schnaut
Fricka = Margareta Hintermeier
Hunding = Egils Silins
Wotan = Falk Struckman

Why go to see Wagner's Die Walküre when you're not exactly a Wagner fan. I prefer Verdi to Wagner. But I also like Plácido Domingo. So after seeing some video from Vienna State Opera with Plácido as Siegmund ("Tales from the Opera"), I wanted to see this opera and this production myself even without PD.

Waltraud Meier & Siegfried Jerusalem was exciting Sieglinde & Siegmund. I loved Fricka embodied by Margareta Hintermeier, wife of Wotan, loving Wotan but duty tells her to condemn Siegmund for loving his twin sister. Brunnhilde, a goddess who does what her father wishes, not as he says. She must be human, but only a hero (Siegfried) will be able to awaken her. Wotan was real person in this version. It was great!!!!

1630-2230 in the opera. OK if its this production.
BRAVA; Margareta Hintermeier!!.

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Per-Erik Skramstad said...

I see that Hintermeier sings Venus (Tannhäuser), Fricka (Das Rheingold and Walküre), Erda (Siegfried), Waltraute (Götterdämmerung), Magdalene (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and Adriano (Rienzi).

She will return to Wiener Staatsoper to sing Heriodias this year, if I'm not mistaken.

1999 - yes, those were the days...

But how can you not like Wagner???

operaduets said...

Hi. I really loved Margareta Hintermeier in Die Walküre.

Until now I have seen 4 Wagner-operas live: Der fliegende Holländer 1989-04-27, Lohengrin 2005-12-03, Parsifal 2002-01-13, Die Walküre 1999-05-13.

I love Parsifal. But I have to admit I am more of a Verdi fan than Wagner.