My First Die Walküre was an Evening to Remember

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If someone had told me ten years ago that I would have so looked forward to and enjoyed an evening at the opera, I would have laughed at them. But thanks to my life partner, Adi, I’ve made significant progress in expanding my cultural influences. Wagner’s Die Walküre is probably the 12th opera I’ve seen in my life and it’s definitely my favorite, as is the case for many.

Clocking in at 5 hours including intermissions, it’s an evening one has to be prepared for mentally and physically! Last night’s performance of Die Walküre was so captivating and memorable that I managed to not even get close to nodding off, which is often the case for me when I’m sitting in a dark, warm room for several hours—despite how much I might like the performance.

I’ll spare myself the embarrassment of trying to do a review as I’m a) not qualified and b) there are probably hundreds of reviews of this production of Die Walküre at the Metropolitan Opera House.

What I will say is that despite its mixed reviews, I was captivated by Robert Lepage’s production of this chapter of The Ring Cycle, as I was with Das Rheingold.

The use of wooden planks with video images broadcast upon them is unlike anything I had ever seen.

Ride of the Walküres from Act 3

The music and cast were equally stunning. Perhaps my favorite—both to look at (albeit from a distance) and listen to—was Jonas Kauffman, who played Siegmund.

Our friend and Adi’s colleague Nina joined us for the evening. She’s a huge Wagner fan, so much so that she showed up adorned with a Walküre hat, part of a more complete Norse costume that she made

famous on the fancy dress circuit. I proudly walked with and photographed Nina with her hat, for which she received several compliments and a few odd looks from people not so comfortable in their own skin.

All in all, a memorable and enchanting evening that I will always remember. See, I can love more than just Rupaul’s Drag Race!

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Author: John Vasko

I’m an Internet and Social Media Media Enthusiast always trying to keep up with what’s news or what’s new in technology. On this personal blog, you'll find music reviews, photos, weird or tacky things I found online, and lifestreaming.