Operagasmic Production of the Week!
by Christie Connolley
I love to arrive early to the opera. For one, I want to sit down and see what everyone else is wearing…. the gowns, the sequins, THE SHOES! Once that is done, I delve into the program! I want to read the ‘who’s who, all of the singers bios, and the miniature reproductions of their glossy 8 X 10′s (which I usually go back to during intermission and estimate how many years agothat photo was taken), the director’s notes, the conductor’s notes! It is one of the best parts of going to the opera! So let Operagasm get you ready with the down low on new and exciting upcoming productions.
The Operagasmic Production of the Week is Union Avenue’s production of Wagner’s Die Walkure!
AUGUST 16, 17, 23, 24
REDUCED AND ADAPTED BY JONATHAN DOVE
FREE Friday Night Lecture Series with Dr. Glen Bauer at 7pm prior to performances.
ALL PERFORMANCES AT 8PM
SUNDAY MATINEES AT 3PM
After the events of Das Rheingold, Wotan, Ruler of the Gods, created a plan to secure his power. He sought out the Goddess Erda, who predicted the end of the rule of the Gods. By her, he fathered the Walküres, warrior daughters who collect slain heroes from the battlefields to protect Valhalla, the home of the Gods. Wotan then wandered the Earth disguised as the human Wälse and fathered twins, Siegmund and Sieglinde, by a mortal woman. Through them, he hopes to regain control of the Ring of Power. To prepare Siegmund for his destiny, Wotan separated the twins in their youth, leaving Sieglinde to enter a loveless marriage with Hunding while putting Siegmund through endless trials. Siegmund, who calls himself Wehwalt (“Woefull”), went to the aid of a woman who was being forced into marriage by her brothers. In his struggle to save her, Siegmund lost his weapons.