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Berwick Festival Opera presents The Maltings Theatre: Die Walkure (Act 1, scenes 1-3) & Siegried Idyll

Sat 23 & Sun 24 August 2014
7.30pm Sat night, 3pm Sun matinee

Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) is the second of the four operas that form German composer Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle (cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen; The Ring of the Nibelung). It is the monumental epic tale of love greed, lust and betrayal that remains the archetype for contemporary storytelling, even in the digital age. In Norse mythology, a valkyrie
is one in a group of female figures who decide which soldiers die in battle and which live.

Featuring the magnificent singing talent of Gweneth-Ann Jeffers, Stuart Pendred and Ronald Samm, under the baton of internationally acclaimed conductor Peter Selwyn.

A gathering of the country’s finest performers from the Hebrides Ensemble and National Youth Orchestra of Scotland explore the forbidden passion which propels us to the terrible cataclysmic Twilight of the Gods.

Wagner composed the Siegfried Idyll as a birthday present to his second wife, Cosima, after the birth of their son. It was first performed on Christmas morning, 25 December 1870, when Cosima awoke to its opening melody.

This performance is a prelude to the launch of Berwick Festival Opera’s very own performance of the Ring Saga cycle from 2016.

The Hebrides Ensemble is a collective of world-class musicians from Scotland, the UK and Europe, renowned for its quality of performance and diversity of repertoire presented in highly imaginative programmes. Amongst the principals whom will be performing in Berwick is percussionist Olly Cox.

1h15m (including interval)

Siegmund: Ronald Samm
Sieglinde: Gweneth Ann-Jeffers

The Siegfried Idyll
Wagner originally intended the Siegfried Idyll to remain a private piece. However, due to financial pressures, he decided to sell the score and expand the orchestration. The piece is scored for a small chamber orchestra of 13 players: flute, oboe, two clarinets, bassoon, two horns, trumpet, two violins, viola, cello and double bass. The trumpet part is very brief, lasting only 13 measures. The piece is commonly played today by orchestras with more than one player on each string part. Modern performances are much slower than those of earlier years.

Berwick Festival Opera 2014
The Maltings Theatre is delighted to launch Berwick Festival Opera which spans two weekends in July and August to present some of the world’s most beautiful music and song in the very heart of the town. The festival has a very clear artistic mission: to take well-known works and produce vibrant new productions at a scale that captures the magic of superb singing and instrumental accompaniment, but at a size that reflects the smaller venues that one finds in towns like Berwick-upon-Tweed - would otherwise never be able to host opera.

Note: This performance will take place at the Berwick Guildhall, NOT at The Maltings Theatre.

4 Opera package - £70 / £64 concs, Child £30
(no discounts apply on package price)
Berwick Festival Opera presents:
• The Maltings Theatre & Rocket Opera: Dido and Aeneas - Fri 18 July - Click HERE to book.
• The Maltings Theatre & Rocket Opera: The Pirates of Penzance - 19 & 20 July - Click HERE to book.
• Opera dei Lumi: Così fan tutte - Fri 22 Aug -
Click HERE to book.

Year: 2014

The Maltings Theatre & Cinema is operated by The Maltings (Berwick) Trust Registered Charity No: 701194