This weekend, Die Walküre opens at Gothenburg Opera, with Rayfield Allied artists Stephen Langridge and Alison Chitty at the head of the creative team.
The opera is the next instalment of Langridge and Chitty’s Ring Cycle project in Gothenburg, and follows outstanding reviews for Das Rheingold, premiered in November 2018 and lauded for its power, vibrancy, and its environmentally sustainable materials.
“What strikes me most about Mr Langridge’s interpretation is this connection between humanity and nature, and how violence pervades within it... Wotan and Loge’s confrontation with Alberich and their cunning manipulation of him was a high point.” - Niklas Smith, Seen and Heard International
“Stephen Langridge has been very successful in portraying a clear storyline with strong changes of atmosphere between scenes. ... Yes, I very much hope to see the next parts of this cycle.” - Lennart Bromander, Aftonbladet
“The introduction, where the river Rhine is shaped by an apparently endless stream of people in shining blue fabrics, is a powerful image of the flow of human life and change, or in other words, the infinite stream that we all are a part of. It is really moving." - Mia Gerdin, Sveriges Radio
“The opening image is beautiful” - Sofia Nyblom, Svenska Dagbladet
The production also features soprano Julia Sporsen, who returns to Gothenburg Opera to sing the role of Waltraute. Her performances have been described as “fiery” (Opera Magazine), “searing” (The Sunday Times), and “almost unbearably moving” (The Spectator), and she is praised for her virtuosic and expressive singing as well as her stage presence and captivating acting skills.
More information and tickets can be found at the Gothenburg Opera website.