We would like, even during this extraordinary situation, for the Müpa Budapest audience to still be able to encounter the world's most outstanding and thrilling artists each evening - this time in their own homes. It is precisely for this reason that we will open Müpa Budapest's virtual concert hall and auditoriums - each night at the familiar times - by providing access to a single unforgettable performance from past years.
The performance will be broadcasted on our website and YouTube channel.
2019 was the last year when we could enjoy the return of Der Ring des Nibelungen to the Budapest Wagner Days live, then fans of the tetralogy once again saw their favourite performers, but this time with completely transformed choreographies and stage action, as well as 16 hours of never-seen-before vide...o footage projected on the set and backdrop. The work of the creative team for each production was supported by the addition of a new dramaturg.
Die Walküre is a tragically beautiful opera about springtime, love, finding one another and recognising a shared past. As in Das Rheingold, sins are also committed. A capital crime, in fact, when two siblings violate the taboo of falling in love with each other. Oddly enough, however, we do not condemn them, but actually feel for them with all our sympathy and compassion. And the pain of seeing Siegmund has to die in the deciding duel with Hunding is enough to pierce one's heart.
We also understand the bitter vacillations of the chief of the gods as he is forced into a dilemma - for even chief gods can wind up with dilemmas! The effect of his dialogue with his wife, Fricka, which is on the one hand a parody of the distasteful bickering familiar from civil marriages (Wagner was no model husband, and knew this genre from experience), and on the other hand, about the eternal and sacred moral principals, is a shocking one. And we are also shaken by the sight of Wotan as, grappling with his pain, he sends Brünnhilde into a deep sleep and envelops her in an impenetrable wall of fire, so that only the most worthy hero, a man without fear, can awaken her.
The audience was welcoming newcomer Stuart Skelton as Siegmund and, as Brünnhilde, the fondly remembered and wonderful Catherine Foster.
A music drama in three acts (Updated version of the renowned production, in German, with Hungarian and English subtitles).
This recording was made at the performance held at Müpa Budapest on 14 June 2019.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest