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Valkyrie 1959Royal Opera, Stockholm

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For its first Edinburgh visit, the Royal Opera, Stockholm, brought a typically ambitious programme of Verdi, Wagner, Berg and Blomdahl. While the Rigoletto and Walküre may have been fairly conventional, Un ballo in maschera showed a clear attempt by the director to get as close as possible to Swedish history. Wozzeck was a Scottish premiere, and Aniara saw the British premiere of an interesting new piece only launched in May.

The Swedish Opera maintained a wonderful tradition whereby star singers happily went on in shorter roles - in this case as Valkyries. Inevitably, Birgit Nilsson was the star of the show, but there was a lot of good singing on offer in the small theatre, and the company's director, at the end of a long singing career, was still able to give a performance as Siegmund.

Performance Cast

Siegmund a Volsung

Set Svanholm

Sieglinde a Volsung, sister of Siegmund

Aase Nordmo-Lövberg

Hunding husband of Sieglinde

Leon Björker

Wotan father of the Valkyries and Volsungs

Sigurd Björling

Brünnhilde a Valkyrie

Birgit Nilsson

Fricka Wotan's estranged wife

Kerstin Meyer (Exc Sep 2)

Margareta Bergström (Sep 2)

Gerhilde a Valkyrie

Anna-Greta Söderholm

Ortlinde a Valkyrie

Elisabeth Söderström

Waltraute a Valkyrie

Ingeborg Kjellgren

Schwertleite a Valkyrie

Margit Sehlmark

Helmwige a Valkyrie

Kjerstin Dellert

Siegrune a Valkyrie

Barbro Ericson

Grimgerde a Valkyrie

Margareta Bergström

Rossweisse a Valkyrie

Kerstin Meyer

Performance DatesValkyrie 1959

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

26 Aug, 18.00 28 Aug, 18.00 31 Aug, 18.00 2 Sep, 18.00 7 Sep, 18.00

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