Richard Wagner

Die Walküre

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Act One – Performance in concert form

Act One of the First Opera Written by Richard Wagner between 1854 and 1856, which together with L’oro del Reno, Sigrifido and Il crepuscolo degli dei la Tetralogia de L’anello del Niebelungo. Known especially in popular culture, it is a landmark for heroic opera with war themes and is one of the composer’s best-known works.

Taken from Scandinavian Nordic mythology, the Valkyrie is a female being in the service of Odin (King of the Gods) who chooses the most valiant warriors, fallen in battle, bringing them to Valhalla (the home of Odin). Weak compared to human love, the Valkyrie tries to turn the fate of the battle against the will of Odin, but being annihilated in a long sleep and banished from the divine role. 

Richard STRAUSS

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

The short poem for orchestra Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration) belongs to the first cycle of symphonic poems composed by Richard Strauss between 1887 and 1889. The work is conceived as a combination of poetic-dramatic paintings in which the metamorphosis and thematic reminiscence establish a temporal dimension fundamentally subjective, similar to that of the inner monologue.

14 | 15 January 2022

Auditorium Manzoni

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CAST

SIEGLINDE

Elisabet Strid

SIEGMUND

Stuart Skelton

HUNDING

Georg Zeppenfeld

COMPOSERS

Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner (1813-1883) was the most representative composer of Romantic culture, author of poems that seek the maximum interpenetration between the musical structure and symbolic and evocative functions.
He was responsible for important theatrical innovations that have become his hallmark, such as the transformation of the orchestra into an enveloping sound amalgam thanks to the enrichment of the orchestral palette.
More mature works include the tetralogy of Der Ring des Nibelungen (Ring of Nibelung), Tristan und Isolde and Parsifal.

Richard Strauss

Richard Georg Strauss (1864 – 1949) was a German composer and conductor of the late Oman period, best known for his symphonic poems, including Also sprach Zarathustra (1896), and his operas.
His true international triumph and fame as an operatic composer came with Salome (1905) and Elektra (1909), the first opera that saw the collaboration between Strauss and the writer and playwright Hugo von Hofmannsthal, and with the subsequent Der Rosenkavalier (1911), Ariadne auf Naxos (1912/16) and Capriccio (1942).