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DIE WALKÜRE, Vienna State Opera , 21 May 2017
Event DetailsCategory: Operas Event: DIE WALKÜRE Date/Time: 21 May 2017 Venue: Vienna State Opera Address: Opernring 2, 1010 Wien / Vienna (Map)
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Completely exhausted whilst trying to escape from his pursuers, Siegmund the Wälsung reaches Hunding’s hut. Sieglinde, Hunding’s wife, shelters the hero and gives him something to drink. When Hunding returns home, Siegmund tells him of a life filled with tragedy. Hunding soon realizes that the man before him is the one he had set out to kill. Bound by the laws of hospitality, he puts off his fight with the unarmed Siegmund until the next morning. Sieglinde gives her husband a sleeping potion, and helps Siegmund to obtain an enchanted sword which a mysterious stranger once drove into the trunk of an ash tree. A passionate love develops between Siegmund and Sieglinde, who realizes that they are twin brother and sister, and that their incestuous, adulterous love is in contravention of the laws of hospitality.
The mysterious stranger was Wotan, the chief God and guardian of all pledges. He once fathers the twins Siegmund and Sieglinde by their mortal mother. He now resolves to send the Valkyrie Brünnhilde – a daughter from his marriage to the goddess Erda – to the scene of the fight to give Siegmund victory in his combat with Hundung. However, Wotan’s wife Fricka intervenes: surely the lord of all pledges cannot tolerate such unlawfulness as adultery and incest? Wotan sees his hopes dashed that a hero may one day win back the Ring of the Nibelung. Against his own wishes, he orders the Valkyrie Brünnhilde to kill Siegmund. Brünnhilde tells Siegmund of his impending death, but promises him a glorious entry into Valhalla. Siegmund declines when he leanes that Sieglinde cannot follow him there. Brünnhilde, touched by his love, disobeys Wotan’s order and fights for Siegmund. Wotan is forced to kill Siegmund himself.
Brünnhilde then rescues Sieglinde, who is heavy with child. Sieglinde and Siegmund’s son will bear the name Siegfried, and Brünnhilde gives him his father’s sword, shattered in the struggle with Hundung and Wotan. Furious with his recalcitrant Valkyrie, Wotan takes away her divinity and condemns her to become the wife of the first man she encounters. Finally, he relents and changes his verdict to the bravest man she encounters. He surrounds the sleeping woman with a wall of fire that only the bravest man will be able to penetrate to awaken Brünnhilde again.
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