Metropolitan Opera: Wagner's Die Walküre

Airs Saturday, May 28 at 11:00 a.m. The 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Wagner’s Die Walküre, the second installment in his epic cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. Katarina Dalayman sings the title role of the warrior maiden Brünnhilde, alongside an acclaimed cast that includes Bryn Terfel as Wotan, Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund, Eva-Maria Westbroek as Sieglinde, Stephanie Blythe as Fricka, and Hans-Peter König as Hunding. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium for the performance, part of the second complete Ring cycle presented at the Met this season in the new production by Robert Lepage. Die Walküre will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, April 28. 

Dalayman has been celebrated for performances as Brünnhilde in complete Ring cycles at opera houses throughout Europe. At the Met, she has sung both Brünnhilde and Sieglinde in Die Walküre, as well as Brünnhilde in Götterdämmerung, and this spring she appears in her first complete cycles with the company. Terfel starred as Wotan in the Met’s new production premieres of Das Rheingold and Die Walküre last season, as well as Siegfried this season, and this spring he performs three complete Ring cycles, the first ever in his distinguished career. Other roles in his Met repertory include Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni (heard earlier this broadcast season), Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca, and the title roles in Verdi’s Falstaff and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.

Earlier this season, Kaufmann starred in the new production premiere of Gounod’s Faust. In addition, he has appeared at the Met as Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata, Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Cavaradossi in Tosca, and Don José in Bizet’s Carmen. Westbroek made her Met debut opposite Kaufmann last season in the new production premiere of Die Walküre. Notable roles at other opera houses in recent seasons have included Elisabeth in Wagner’s Tannhaüser, Minnie in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, and the title role in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole. Next season at the Met, she stars in a rare revival of Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini.

Blythe sang her first Fricka at the Met in 2007. Her Met repertory encompasses a wide variety of composers and styles. In the current broadcast season, she has been heard as Eduige in Handel’s Rodelinda and Amneris in Verdi’s Aida. König’s other roles in this season’s complete Ring cycles are Fafner in Das Rheingold and Siegfried and Hagen in Götterdämmerung. He made his Met debut in 2010 as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte and has also been heard at the Met as Daland in Der Fliegende Holländer.

Luisi conducts his first Met Ring cycles this spring, in addition to La Traviata and the new production of Massenet’s Manon – setting a company record with a total of 20 performances in April. Earlier this season, he led the new production premieres of Siegfried, Götterdämmerung, and Don Giovanni. Next season, he leads a new production of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, revivals of Aida and Berlioz’s Les Troyens, and three additional Ring cycles.

The intermissions will include backstage interviews and the popular Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera Quiz, with special guest, tenor Jay Hunter Morris.