Opera North: Die Walkure Reviews
Wagner’s most famous music brings his monumental drama to life as the king of the gods tries to undo the curse of the ring: the second part of ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen’. Read some of the latsest reviews below.
Saturday 23rd June, 4.30pm. Sage One
The Guardian, Tim Ashley. 4*
‘Less can be more when it comes to Wagner, and Opera North’s “austerity Ring” – now on its second instalment in its second year – continues to enthral and amaze.’ ‘Richard Farnes’s conducting, meanwhile, is sensational in its sweep, detail and understanding.’
The Times, Geoff Brown. 4*
‘All in all, a victorious night.’
‘..superb playing of the Opera North Orchestra, dynamically conducted by Richard Farnes.
The Arts Desk, Graham Rickson. 5*
‘A dauntingly long evening flies by – the orchestral playing is world class, and Richard Farnes‘s clear-sighted conducting is a marvel. You hear everything you need to, and the singers are rarely overwhelmed. It’s all beautifully paced, with an extended final scene played with touching sweetness, just at the point where you expect the musicians to be falling off their chairs with fatigue.’
The Telegraph, Rupert Christiansen. 5*
‘Backroom planning of any production of Wagner’s Ring cycle pretty soon confronts a fundamental logistical problem: casting its four episodes will get progressively more difficult. Most European houses worth their salt can assemble a line-up adequate to the modest vocal demands of Das Rheingold, but once you reach the lyrical expansiveness and emotional range of Die Walküre, you’re in territory where even the decent second-rate won’t wash.’