Wagner’s ‘The Valkyrie’ charges into Beijing Music Festival

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/10/19 17:53:40

Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden(second from left) and Chinese conductor Yu Long (third from left) Photo: Courtesy of BMF

The upcoming performances of Die Walkure, or The Valkyrie, at the Poly Theater on October 24 and 27 will mark Wagner's return to the Beijing Music Festival (BMF) after The Ring of the Nibelung graced the festival 12 years ago.

A coproduction with the Salzburg Easter Festival, the three act music drama, the second part of the four opera cycle The Ring of the Nibelung, is a remake of the timeless version that the great Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan created in 1967, Yu Long, BMF's artistic director, said on Wednesday.

"Ever since I studied in Germany years ago, I have been hoping to watch this classic version of The Valkyrie someday. It is fortunate that I will have the chance, at my age, to stage it in China," the 53-year-old conductor said.  

"We are even luckier that Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden, who is an expert in Wagner opera, will take up the baton for the performances." 

For the upcoming two performances, Van Zweden will work with Australian operatic heldentenor Stuart Skelton, bass opera singer Vitalij Kowaljow and   German soprano Christiane Libor.

According to Van Zweden, Karajan's interpretation of Wagner's music has been a model for 99 percent of conductors.

He also noted that Karajan has been a source of inspiration for him and that  he considers it an "honor to take part in  Karajan's version of a Wagner opera."


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