Die Walküre

Romantic opera from 1856

Richard Wagner
Composer, Librettist

Description

Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), WWV 86B, is a music drama in three acts by Richard Wagner with a German libretto by the composer. It is the second of the four works that form Wagner's cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung).

The story of Die Walküre is based on the Norse mythology told in the Volsunga Saga and the Poetic Edda. In Norse mythology, a valkyrie is one in a group of female figures who decide which soldiers die in battle and which live. Die Walküre's best-known excerpt is the "Ride of the Valkyries".

It received its premiere at the Königliches Hof- und National-Theater in Munich on 26 June 1870. Wagner originally intended the work to be premiered as part of the entire cycle, but was forced to allow the performance at the insistence of his patron King Ludwig II of Bavaria. It was first presented as part of the complete cycle on 14 August 1876 at Wagner's Bayreuth Festival. The work made its United States premiere at the Academy of Music in New York on 2 April 1877.

Year 1856
Opening Night 1870
Time Period Romantic
Opus WWV 86b
Instrumentation Opera orchestra, Bass, Bass-baritone, Contralto, Mezzo-soprano, Soprano, Tenor, Opera chorus

Scores

Die Walküre: Der Ritt der Walküren
Ernst Eulenburg & Co. GmbH
Wagner, et al.
Die Walküre: Wotans Abschied und Feuerzauber
Ernst Eulenburg & Co. GmbH
Wagner, et al.

Videos

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Albums

Great Wagner Singers
Deutsche Grammophon
Creepy Classics: Halloween’s Greatest Hits
Deutsche Grammophon
111 More Classic Tracks (CD 1-3)
Deutsche Grammophon
The Yellow Guide To Classical Music
Deutsche Grammophon
Wagner: Der Ring
Nuova Era
The Valkyrie
Chandos
The "Ring" Without Words
Telarc
Prima Voce Sampler
Nimbus
Highlights from Prima Voce
Nimbus
Favorite Classics, Volume 1
Vanilla OMP
Music For The Moment: Opera Overtures
Arts Productions Ltd.
Classical Spots
Abaco Music
Recital
Myto Records S.a.s. / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
Opera Masterpieces II
Abaco Music
Audrey Stottler sings Wagner
Roméo Records / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
Kirsten Flagstad Farewell Concert
Archipel Records / Qualiton Imports, Ltd
Richard Wagner: "Die Walküre", Act 3
Myto Records S.a.s. / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
Lauritz Melchior: Favourite Arias
Synergie OMP
The Forbidden Opera
Warner Music
Wagner: The Ring (highlights)
Warner Music
Wagner: Arias
Warner Music
Wagner: Opera Orchestral Music
Warner Music