Broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera continue on Classical 90.5 at 9:00 a.m. this Saturday, April 13th, with a performance of Die Walküre by Richard Wagner, with text in German by the composer, after ancient Nordic epics. The performance will run approximately five hours and twenty-five minutes.
As Wagner's epic Ring cycle continues in Die Walküre, Wotan, king of the gods, hopes that his mortal son Siegmund might help him regain the ring. But Siegmund's adulterous and incestuous love for his twin sister Sieglinde infuriates Fricka, goddess of marriage. Brünnhilde (the Valkyrie of the opera's title, one of Wotan's divine warrior maiden daughters) attempts to protect Siegmund, but her bold disobedience leads to a terrible punishment. Fabio Luisi conducts.