Placido Domingo Stars in Wagner's Die Walkure from L.A. Opera
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Featured review from David L.Red Velvet
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After Das Rheingold, I was just not sure what to expect from Die Walkure. Well, I need not have worried. It was just wonderful. While I wish that Placido Domingo still had the voice he had 20 years ago, I was more that satisfied with his performance. While Linda Watson had a few pitch problems at the upper register, whe was still a really powerful Brunhilde. Anja Kampe was wonderful as Sieglinde. And finally, Vitalij Kowaljow steals the show as Wotan. There is little doubtTthat very soon he will be sought after to play Wotan by every venue doing Walkurie or the Ring. It has been wonderful to see him in Rheingold and Walkurie.The Freyer designs and directions really came alive with Walkurie and it makes me excited to see the rest of his ring.
It was a wonderful almost 5 hours......
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Fantastic opportunity to see this opera. Domingo was as great as always, alongside a wonderful cast. The kooky-modern design that I did not find effective in "Das Rheingold" worked tremendously well here. And I had a very excellent seat via Goldstar!
“You really must beg, borrow, steal, or preferably buy a ticket to see Plácido Domingo as Siegmund,” exhorts The London Times. And who better to match his artistry than soprano Anja Kampe – when paired with Plácido Domingo at Washington National Opera, the Washington Post declared them “the definitive Sieglinde and Siegmund of this century’s first decade.” This compelling love story between the doomed hero and his soulmate features some of Wagner’s most memorable music. Highlights include Siegmund’s heroic “Spring Song” (“Winterstürme”), the love duet (“Du bist der Lenz”), the rousing “Ride of the Valkyries”, Wotan’s heart-breaking “Farewell” to his beloved daughter (“Leb wohl”), and the “Magic Fire Music” finale. James Conlon conducts a world-celebrated cast, including Linda Watson (Brünnhilde), Michelle DeYoung (Fricka), Vitalij Kowaljow (Wotan), and Eric Halfvarson (Hunding).