The Valkyrie

by Richard Wagner
First day of the stage festival The Ring of the Nibelung in three lifts
Poetry by the composer
In German with English and German surtitles
"But now it's just getting started!" promised Richard Wagner when, after completing Rhinegold, he devoted his time to the Valkyrie and the depths of his world drama’s incestuous family story that eventually leads to Götterdämmerung. Of all the parts of the Ring, the Valkyrie is least concerned with external action, but all the more with internal processes and with the incubation of ideas and longings. Fundamental consideration about the entire tetralogy is illustrated here in a very small space. Just like the plot of the entire Ring, the Valkyrie is also composed of heterogeneous elements: the twin pair Sieglinde and Siegmund’s love story and Wotan's search for a way out of the entanglements of the contracts he entered into. Instead of forcing the heterogeneity of these elements into a unity, the different worlds are to remain different. "The essence of reality", according to Wagner, lies in "infinite multiplicity". Accordingly, for the new Ring in Stuttgart not only the directorial teams change from part to part, but in the case of the Valkyrie even from act to act. That way the multi-layered processes, references of forebodings and the multifaceted richness of each act are not narrowed down to one interpretation only. In the first act, the Dutch theatre collective Hotel Modern will use miniature landscapes and figures on stage to create a live film and tell the story of the human world. In the second act, light artist Urs Schönebaum will work in the tradition of Wieland Wagner to make underlying structures visible, whilst installation artist Ulla von Brandenburg will transform the Ride of the Valkyries and the magic of fire of the third act into a stage technology’s choreography.
1st Act: ca. 1 h 5 min
Intermission: 35 min
2nd Act: ca. 1 h 30 min
Intermission: 50 min
3rd Act: ca. 1 h 10 min
World premiere
1870 in Munich

Premiere of this production
10 April 2022

Recommended age
from grade 10
There will be an introduction 45 minutes before the performance at foyer I. floor.
Apr 2022 Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

16:00 – 21:30
Cast Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

17:00 – 22:30
Musical Direction Cornelius Meister
Concept, Stage, Costumes, Live-Animation-Film (1. Act) Hotel Modern
Light (1./3. act) Reinhard Traub
Concept & Light Design (2. Act) Urs Schönebaum
Costumes (2. act) Yashi
Dramaturgy (2. act) Yvonne Gebauer
Assistant Room (2. Act) Thomas Boudewijn
Janine Grellscheid
Concept, Stage, Costumes (3. Act) Ulla von Brandenburg
Assistant Director (3. Act) Benoȋt Résillot
Assistant Stage and Costumes (3. Act) Julia Mossé
Dramaturgy Ingo Gerlach, Julia Schmitt
Siegmund Michael König
Sieglinde Simone Schneider
Hunding Goran Jurić
Brünnhilde Okka von der Damerau
Wotan Brian Mulligan
Fricka Annika Schlicht
Gerhilde Esther Dierkes
Helmwige Clare Tunney
Waltraute Leia Lensing
Schwertleite Stine Marie Fischer
Ortlinde Catriona Smith
Siegrune Linsey Coppens
Roßweiße Anna Werle
Grimgerde Maria Theresa Ullrich
Staatsorchester Stuttgart Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

17:00 – 22:30
Cast Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

17:00 – 22:30
May 2022 Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

17:00 – 22:30