Die Walküre

Premiere 1 December 2019
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Die Walküre

Powerful, defiant, vulnerable.

Musical drama in three acts by Richard Wagner (1813–1883).

Sung in German with Swedish and English surtitles.

Anders Lorentzson sings Wotan’s Farewell, from Die Walküre. Recorded during the Season Concert 2019.

Richard Wagner’s epic ”Der Ring des Nibelungen” is the Mount Everest of the opera world. The four operas in the Ring Cycle – ”Das Rhinegold”, ”Die Walküre”, ”Siegfried” and ”Götterdämmerung” – were a milestone that had a lasting influence on music, art and culture. The Göteborg Opera will perform each of the operas in succession, one per year, with the final scheduled for 2021. Last season we began our journey towards the twilight of the gods with ”Das Rheingold”.

”Die Walküre” is a tender love story so deep it defies all conventions and appeases the gods. The Valkyries are daughters of the god Wotan, who carry fallen heroes to Valhalla. The carefree Valkyrie Brünnhilde is Wotan’s favourite daughter. Their wills are aligned. However, when Brünnhilde is confronted with the forbidden love between mortals Siegmund and Sieglinde, it awakens her sympathy. By taking their side, she defies her father in a way he cannot forgive – even though deep in his heart he knows she is right. The consequences are calamitous. For Brünnhilde, for Wotan, for gods and mortals alike. Yet, even in the depths of suffering a glimmer of hope may shine.

Evan Rogister, Principal Conductor of Washington National Opera, will conduct all operas in the Ring Cycle. The director is Stephen Langridge, the Göteborg Opera’s Artistic Director for Opera/Drama 2013–2019.

Environmental conservation has long been a priority for the Göteborg Opera, and the opera house is regarded as a trailblazer in the arts industry as a result. Our performances of the Ring Cycle challenge us to continue breaking new ground.


Intermission refreshments

”Die Walküre” runs for 5 hours and 30 minutes, including two intermissions. We recommend booking your intermission refreshments well in advance so that you can relax and enjoy the performance. There are a limited number of reservations available for intermission refreshments, both for pre-bookings and bookings at the performance.

We have two dishes available for the intermission:

  • Prawn sandwich on organic Danish rye bread with horseradish and lemon mayonnaise, SEK 219.
    Preorder via the restaurant’s booking service (see below). During the first intermission, prawn sandwiches will be served in the Opera Bar and during the second intermission in the Opera Bar and the restaurant.

  • Smoked salmon with feta potato salad and lemon crème, SEK 295. 
    Preorder via the restaurant’s booking service (see below) no later than 3 days prior to the performance in question. Served in the foyer during the first and second intermissions.

Please note that the entire party must choose the same dish.

Opening times:

  • The café opens 1 h 15 mins before the start of each performance should you wish to order something from the café’s standard assortment.
  • The restaurant opens 2 hours and 30 minutes prior to each performance.
  • The Opera Bar opens 2 hours prior to each performance.

Our restaurant booking service will be happy to answer any questions and assist with booking intermission refreshments. You can access the service using this form, by emailing restaurang@opera.se or by telephoning +46 (0)31 13 13 00 (key selection #3).

Introduction to ”Die Walküre”

One hour prior to each opera performance on the Main Stage, we present an introduction to the evening’s performance. They last around 20 minutes and are held at the Göteborg Opera Small Stage. Admission is free. Limited places available

Please note: introductions are presented in Swedish, and there is no introduction on the premiere performance.

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8 performances


Upcoming shows

December 2019

Sun 1/12
Main Stage 
Sat 7/12
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Sun 15/12
Main Stage 
Sat 21/12
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Sun 29/12
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January 2020

Fri 3/1
Main Stage 
Sat 11/1
Main Stage 
Sun 19/1
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