The Valkyrie

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Program and cast

First day
A scenic festival in three days and in an eve
First performed on 26th June, 1870 in Munich
Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 27th September, 2020

recommended from the age of 16

In German with German and English surtitles

5 hrs 30 mins / 2 intervals


Cast


Musical direction: Sir Donald Runnicles

Production, Stage: Stefan Herheim

Stage: Silke Bauer

Costumes: Uta Heiseke

Lighting: Ulrich Niepel

Video: Torge Møller

Dramaturgy: Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach, Jörg Königsdorf

Siegmund: Brandon Jovanovich

Hunding: Tobias Kehrer

Wotan: John Lundgren

Sieglinde: Elisabeth Teige

Fricka: Annika Schlicht

Brünnhilde: Nina Stemme

Helmwige: Flurina Stucki

Gerhilde: Aile Asszonyi

Ortlinde: Antonia Ahyoung Kim

Waltraute: Simone Schröder

Siegrune: Ulrike Helzel

Rosswhite: Karis Tucker

Grimgerde: Anna Lapkovskaya

Swordlite: Beth Taylor

Hundingling: Eric Naumann

Orchestra: Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Deutsche Oper Berlin

The Deutsche Oper Berlin is an opera company located in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin, Germany. The resident building is the country's second largest opera house and also home to the Berlin State Ballet.

The company's history goes back to the Deutsches Opernhaus built by the then independent city of Charlottenburg—the "richest town of Prussia"—according to plans designed by Heinrich Seeling from 1911. It opened on November 7, 1912 with a performance of Beethoven's Fidelio, conducted by Ignatz Waghalter. After the incorporation of Charlottenburg by the 1920 Greater Berlin Act, the name of the resident building was changed to Städtische Oper (Municipal Opera) in 1925.

 

Deutsches Opernhaus, 1912
With the Nazi Machtergreifung in 1933, the opera was under control of the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. Minister Joseph Goebbels had the name changed back to Deutsches Opernhaus, competing with the Berlin State Opera in Mitte controlled by his rival, the Prussian minister-president Hermann Göring. In 1935, the building was remodeled by Paul Baumgarten and the seating reduced from 2300 to 2098. Carl Ebert, the pre-World War II general manager, chose to emigrate from Germany rather than endorse the Nazi view of music, and went on to co-found the Glyndebourne opera festival in England. He was replaced by Max von Schillings, who acceded to enact works of "unalloyed German character". Several artists, like the conductor Fritz Stiedry or the singer Alexander Kipnis followed Ebert into emigration. The opera house was destroyed by a RAF air raid on 23 November 1943. Performances continued at the Admiralspalast in Mitte until 1945. Ebert returned as general manager after the war.

After the war, the company in what was now West Berlin used the nearby building of the Theater des Westens until the opera house was rebuilt. The sober design by Fritz Bornemann was completed on 24 September 1961. The opening production was Mozart's Don Giovanni. The new building opened with the current name.

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