Between days 12 Y 28 February the Teatro Real offer 9 functions La valquiria, from Richard Wagner (1813-1883), the second of the four operas that make up the cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen, It is presented in four successive seasons, with musical direction Pablo Heras-Casado and stage director Robert Carsen.
Structured like ancient Greek dramas, the monumental tetralogy Wagnerian opera begins with Rheingold, explanatory prologue to the saga, presented last season. Followed now La valquiria, narrating the genesis of the hero Siegfried, fruit of the incestuous love between Siegmund and Sieglinde's twin ─hijos Extramarital of Wotan, conceived in one of his many amorous adventures with deadly, disguised as Wälse─, God who expects to receive help in the future for the conquest of supreme power, materialized in possession of Ring nibelungo.
The incestuous relationship between two brothers, fruit turn of adultery of the twin Sieglinde, It is cursed and persecuted by the irascible woman Wotan, Fricka, and protected by La valquiria Brunhilde, Favorite Daughter of God, which along discovers love opera, compassion and vulnerability of mortals and undergoes an inner transformation that will determine the future of the entire epic.
In his conception of Ring nibelungo, Canadian director Robert Carsen, together with the set designer and costume designer Patrick Kinmonth and illuminator Manfred Voss, move the Wagnerian mythological universe to also metaphorical world, but closer to our reality, in which power struggles, passions and relationships between the characters are easily recognizable by the current viewer.
tangentially following the philosophical pessimism Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) and in the wake of the playwright and critic Bernard Shaw (1950-1956), who he saw Wagnerian tetralogy an allegory of society stratified into classes, Carsen makes clear in its staging the destructive power of the ferocious capitalism, When rampant ambition of power and wealth inevitably leads to the destruction of humanity, interpersonal relationships and family ties.
If Gold on the Rhine viewer was confronted with a planet shattered, in which the gods (rich and powerful), the Giants (insumisos proletarians) and the Nibelung (a kind of social scum), They fought for possession of the ring (money and power); in La valquiria, the context is already an explicit war. The gods, isolated in a luxurious bunker (Valhalla) ─con their struggles, accords, machinations, betrayals and conflicts conyugales─ move handedness and loftiness threads universe, until the emergence of the true and passionate love, Brunhilde with hesitation and insubordination to the dictates of the powerful all Wotan ...
Snow, with all its metaphorical power and plastic, link La valquiria with preceding opera, and emphasizes its intimate pictures, with a layer heladora, the fire of love, that is visible to the end of the first day of the series, derretirá ...
Wagnerian two deals give life to the score, under the direction of Pablo Heras-Casado, led by Stuart Skelton Y Christopher Ventris (Siegmund); René Pape Y Ain Anger (Hunding); Tomasz Konieczny Y James Rutherford (Wotan); Adrianne Pieczonka Y Elisabet Strid (Sieglinde); Ricarda Menzer Y Ingela Brimberg (Brünnhilde), seconded by Daniela Sindram (Fricka) and the eight Valkyries.
The great Wagnerian saga will continue in the next two seasons, with Siegfried Y Götterdämmerung, in which we follow in the footsteps of the hero of tetralogy, since its glorification until the final cataclysm, under the same production created by Carsen Y Kinmonth, with its relentless and disturbing vision of the real world, but with a ray of hope, because "only the awareness of the problems of humanity and ourselves, allows the solution. "
Functions La valquiria They are sponsored by the BBVA Foundation as part of its program of Music, which it is conceived as a complete tour of the various ways in which society can benefit and enjoy this art.
MUSIC IN BLACK AND WHITE
As a parallel activity to La valquiria They will be shown in the main hall of the Royal Theater's two films Fritz Lang (1890-1976) that make Nibelungen: Siegfried's death (21 March at 20.00 h.) Y Revenge of Krimilda (28 March at 20.00 h.). the films, hyphenated Thea von Harbou (1888-1954), wife of the director, They are inspired by the medieval epic poem The Song of Songs, one of the primary sources Richard Wagner in his tetralogy.
To accompany the movies, the Head of the Royal Theatre Orchestra, under the direction of Nacho de Paz, the original scores will perform the composer Gottfried Huppertz (1887-1937) Fritz Lang's collaborator in several proyectos─ created to accompany both films. The same team -lang, Harbou y Huppertz- leave their mark on the history of the cinema Metropolis, Expressionist pioneer science fiction film.
Although the music Huppertz accompanies a silent film, the score away from the audio description of the action and assumes a layer of the film subtext, articulating scenes, commenting actions and emphasizing the epic content of the frame.
AGENDA | PARALLEL ACTIVITIES
21 March at 20.00 hours | Teatro Real, living room
Black and white music – I – Screening of the silent film Siegfried's death, first part of Nibelungen, from Fritz Lang, in which Head of the Royal Theatre Orchestra will perform the original score Gottfried Huppertz written to accompany the film, under the direction of Nacho de Paz.
28 March at 20.00 hours | Teatro Real, living room
Black and white music – II – Screening of the silent film Revenge of Krimilda second part Nibelungen, from Fritz Lang, in which Head of the Royal Theatre Orchestra will perform the original score Gottfried Huppertz written to accompany the film, under the direction of Nacho de Paz.
16 February at 12.00 and to the 17.00 hours | Teatro Real, Sala Gayarre
Everyone to the Gayarre! – Workshops for the whole family, direction and presentation of Fernando Palacios.
Riding through the air: gods, semidioses, human and superhuman in a magical world.
20 Y 27 February, to 18.00 hours | Lazaro Galdiano Museum
Guided tour – A collector Wagnerian art. Poel travel unique r Florido Palace Park.
Visit in which the musical tastes of José Lázaro Galdiano Crawl, its links with the Wagnerian Society and the surprising relationship between Lazarus Collection and the world of opera.
15 February at 16.30 and to the 17.30 hours | Naval museum
dramatized visit – Siegfried, As to the Elcano, were two adventurers whose adventures at sea are worthy of an opera.
Photograph: © Klaus Lefebvre