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Wagner's Five-Hour Opera Die Walkure At The Parrish

Originally Posted: November 23, 2010

Southampton - On Tuesday, December 7, at 5 p.m. Milan time, a new production of Richard Wagner's epic opera "Die Walküre" will open at Teatro alla Scala. As of November 18, only 47 tickets remained out of 2,800.

The Parrish Art Museum is pleased to announce its presentation of a live telecast of the opening night performance, which will begin at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 7. Tickets are priced at $18 for members, $22 for non-members, and more than 130 seats are available. "Die Walküre" is the second of four operas that comprise Wagner's Ring Cycle, or "The Ring of the Nibelung." Wagner began researching Teutonic and Norse mythology in the 1840s for source material for his epic; he did not complete the last bar of "Götterdämmerung" (The Twilight of the Gods) until 1874. A performance of the entire Ring Cycle lasts approximately 15 hours.

The scale and scope of the story is epic. It follows the struggles of gods,
heroes, and several mythical creatures over the eponymous magic Ring that grants domination over the entire world. The drama and intrigue continue through three generations of protagonists, until the final cataclysm at the end of Götterdämmerung. The music of the cycle is thick and richly textured, and grows in complexity as the cycle proceeds. Wagner wrote for an orchestra of gargantuan proportions, including a greatly enlarged brass section with new instruments such as the Wagner tuba, bass trumpet, and contrabass trombone.

Wagner wrote the libretto as well as the music for the Ring Cycle. La Scala's production of "Die Walküre" is conducted by Daniel Barenboim and directed by Guy Cassiers. The cast includes Simon O'Neill (Siegmund), John Tomlinson (Hunding), Vitalij Kowaljow (Wotan), Waltraud Meier (Sieglinde), and Nina Stemme (Brünnhild). The running time is 310 minutes, including two intermissions.

The Museum's programs are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties, and the property taxpayers from the Southampton School District and the Tuckahoe Common School District.

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