Notes & Reviews:
Christian Thielemann, "by common consent the leading Wagner conductor of our time" (Die Presse), returns to Bayreuth for this radiant account of Die Walküre filmed at the 2010 Festival. Appearing on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time, it provides the only audio-visual document of Tankred Dorst's Ring production, and follows the hugely successful release of the whole cycle on CD. Two new singers join the cast: Johan Botha as Siegmund, who was showered with praise by the press ("ideal vocal casting" - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), and Edith Haller, with her "beautiful, strong soprano voice" (Süddeutsche Zeitung) as his sister and lover Sieglinde. Die Walküre is also being screened in cinemas across the world.
The 23-minute extra feature, "The Making of Die Walkure" is very worthwhile, especially if you've never been to Bayreuth. There are terrific shots of the famed recessed orchestra pit and other aspects of the theater. We see Katharina Wagner's democratizing innovation of showing the drama on a large screen, in real time, set up in the Festplatz. And many of the singers and others involved with the production speak to the unique cooperative milieu that the festival fosters each summer. As I write this, my second visit to Bayreuth is 10 weeks away. I can hardly wait.
Run Time: 259 min.
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.0 Surround
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
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Works DetailsWagner, Richard : Die Walküre
- Performers: Johan Botha (Tenor); Albert Dohmen (Baritone); Edith Haller (Soprano); Linda Watson (Soprano)
- Conductor: Christian Thielemann
- Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1856