Die Walkure (Complete Opera)

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Die Walkure (Complete Opera)
James Levine / Metropolitan Opera Orchestra / Hildegard Behrens / Jessye Norman

[ Deutsche Grammophon DVD / 2 DVD ]

Release Date: Sunday 13 October 2002

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The Metropolitan Opera sings deeply passionate Wagner in this 1991 production on a spare but darkly atmospheric stage.

G - Regular - Dolby Digital 5.1 & DTS 5.1 - Colour - 241 Minutes - NTSC

The Valkyrie - La Walkyrie

Siegmund - Gary Lakes
Hunding - Kurt Moll
Wotan - James Morris
Sieglinde - Jessye Norman
Brunnhilde - Hildegard Behrens
Fricka - Christa Ludwig

Gerhilde - Pyramid Sellers
Ortlinde - Martha Thigpen
Waltraute - Joyce Castle
Schwertleite - Sondra Kelly
Helwige - Katarina Ikonomu
Siegrune - Diane Kesling
Grimgerde - Wendy Hillhouse
Rossweisse - Jacalyn Bower

Conductor - JAMES LEVINE
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Stage Production - Otto Schenk
Set und Projection Designer - Gunther Schneider-Siemssen

The Metropolitan Opera sings deeply passionate Wagner in this 1991 production on a spare but darkly atmospheric stage. James Levine conducts the opera orchestra at a well-measured pace, intoning the haunting overtures and ominous leitmotifs that signal the entrance or presence of an overarching deity or a star-crossed human. The four-hour production - part two of Der Ring des Nibelungen, Wagner's grandiose four-part epic - tells its tale of gods and men through a distinguished cast of award-winning Wagner interpreters: Tenor Gary Lakes (Siegmund), soprano Jessye Norman (Sieglinde), soprano Hildegard Behrens (Brünnhilde), bass-baritone James Morris (Wotan), bass Kurt Moll (Hunding), and Christa Ludwig (Fricka). All perform in strong voice, easily ranging into the emotional depths of forbidden love and divine wrath, although Ludwig - 63 in 1991 - struggles to energize her aging vocal cords. The acting is another matter. Except for the animated Behrens and her eight Valkyrie sisters, the performers stand rock rigid most of the time, becoming singing statues. In addition, Lakes and Norman - though vocally impressive - miscarry as brother-and-sister lovers; there is no chemistry. Morris and Behrens, on the other hand, perform with extraordinary rapport in the final act when Wotan reluctantly banishes his disobedient daughter but embraces her lovingly as he says goodbye. Die Walkure offers three distinct technical advantages for home viewers: high-quality sound, a full-screen picture, and easy-to-read subtitles in British English, French, Chinese, and German. The opera is available on DVD and VHS from Deutsche Grammophon. ~ Mike Cummings, Rovi

Other operas available on Deutsche Grammophon DVD include nine operas from the Metropolitan Opera and Unitel catalogues, and a selection from Anne-Sophie Mutter's recording of the Beethoven Sonatas. The operas include Aida (James Levine), Die Zauberflöte (James Levine), Carmen (James Levine), Il Trovatore (James Levine), Die Walküre (James Levine), Otello (Herbert von Karajan), Die Fledermaus (Carlos Kleiber), Der Rosenkavalier (Carlos Kleiber) and Arabella (Christian Thielemann).