Episode 4: Kisses in the Night Siegmund, all alone and desperate, discovers the sword his father had left for him in the ash tree. With her husband Hunding fast asleep, Sieglinde re-enters the room. The two indulge in their incestuous desir...
Hunding jumps up and reveals that he knows that Siegmund is not just any guest. He is the man Hunding and his crew had been chasing. He offers him one night of repose under his roof, and announces to fight him the following morning. Note:...
Hunding arrives home. Unhappy to find a stranger there with his wife and brimming with suspicion, he embarks on an intense interrogation of his guest. Note: to hear Soft Valkyrie with English, German or Dutch subtitles, please go to Youtub...
Note: to hear Soft Valkyrie with English, German or Dutch subtitles, please go to Youtube. Episode 1 - Familiar Strangers Welcome to Soft Valkyrie, a podcast version of Die Walküre, the second and most intimate opera of Wagner’s Ring cyc...
Trailer for Soft Valkyrie, a contemporary podcast version of Richard Wagner's Die Walküre - commissioned by Holland Festival, Staatsoper Hannover and Dutch National Opera. First episode coming June 3rd!
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Can someone whisper Die Walküre in your ear? With opera, you do not think of whispers or sighs but of strong classical voices in grand, spectacular set pieces. But the composer and game designer David Kanaga has turned Richard Wagner’s famous opera into a podcast. In Die Walküre, the second part of Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen, the supreme god Wotan punishes his daughter Brünnhilde for not following his orders. He makes her mortal and locks her up in a mountain surrounded by fire. While closely following Wagner’s notes and storyline, Kanaga’s background in the world of gaming can be heard in his use of electronic instruments and sound effects full of humour, drama and mysticism. The parts are sung by an atypical cast, ranging from classically trained vocalists like Claron McFadden to the demonic voice artist Attila Csihar – sung to be listened to on headphones rather than in an opera house. The result is intimate, light and less domineering than the original. One might even say: soft. A warm narrating voice turns Wagner’s stage instructions into a magical radio play in which the entire drama takes place in listeners’ imagination.Each of the three acts of Die Walküre will be divided into several podcast episodes for Soft Valkyrie. The episodes of the first act will be released on June 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th. The episodes of the second and third acts will follow later.