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RICHARD WAGNER’S DIE WALKÜRE - June 15, 2011 - San Francisco War Memorial Opera House


Conducted by Donald Runnicles and Directed by Francesca Zambello, this opera ran four hours and 40 minutes with two intermissions.  It is my second favorite of the four, if for no other reason than the ride of the valkyries.  The punishment of Brünnhilde by Wotan is poignant and touching.  One interesting aspect is that when Wade and I saw this last year, the “rock” where Brünnhilde was put to sleep on was surrounded by fire (at least we though it was).  In this performance, only the ramps were afire.  Perhaps there was an failure in the system or perhaps it simply got too hot to fire the ring of rock.  We did notice that Wotan had to take a step back and try again when he left stage due to a little flame still on the steps for his descent.  It was an outstanding performance with a little humor thrown in between Brünnhilde and Fricka and Wotan. 

Last year, we had seen how the valkyries arrived (via parachute) so that was not so startling as before, but you could tell the audience really liked the scene. 

Again, the photo is from the San Francisco Opera website at www.sfopera.com.

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