Washington National Opera: Ring Cycle: The Valkyrie

Monday, May 2, 2016 - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

In the Ring's second chapter, the offspring of Wotan, king of the gods, boldly test his will. Siegmund is attracted to his sister Sieglinde, while Brünnhilde is torn between obeying orders and preventing Siegmund's demise.


$75.00 - $525.00

Run Time:

Approx. 5 hours

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UPDATE as of Wed., May 11: A small number of $50 "Standing Room Only" tickets are available for the Cycle III performance of The Valkyrie on Wed., May 18. Please note that tickets may only be purchased in person at the box office or by phone at (202) 467-4600, and are limited to two per person. Patrons will stand in the back of the theater on the orchestra level (no seating). Projected titles are not visible from the rear of the theater.


The Valkyrie
(Die Walküre, 1870)
In the Ring's exhilarating second chapter, Wotan realizes the limits of his authority, as his offspring boldly test his will. He strives to undo the ring's curse by fathering children with a mortal woman. On the run and weaponless, his pure-of-heart son Siegmund finds himself attracted to Sieglinde--not only the wife of his sworn enemy Hunding, but also his unrecognized twin sister, from whom he was separated at birth. If Siegmund can wrest a fabled sword from a giant tree, the duo will know they are meant to be together.
But their forbidden love outrages Fricka, who demands that Wotan's daughter Brünnhilde--a Valkyrie warrior maiden--must let Siegmund die in battle against Hunding. A compassionate Brünnhilde is torn between obeying orders and preventing Siegmund's demise. While Sieglinde's unborn child awaits a grander destiny, Brünnhilde is faced with a chilling fate: an enchanted sleep encircled by fire, broken only by the kiss of a great hero.

In German with projected English titles.Titles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra.

Performance Timing: Act I - 68 min.; Intermission - 40 min.; Act II - 95 min.; Intermission - 35 min.; Act III - 70 min. 

NOTE: Doors to the Opera House open 30 minutes prior to each performance. For all performances of The Rhinegold, which has no intermission, there will be NO late seating. For all other performances, late patrons will be able to access their ticketed location AT FIRST INTERMISSION.
All patrons are thus strongly encouraged to arrive early with sufficient time to allow for parking, taxi drop off, or walking from the Metro, followed by sufficient time for entry into the Opera House by curtain time. 

Please find information about pre-performance insights, post-cycle talkbacks, symposia, lecture series, and other special Ring events here.

Pre-order Ring Boxed Meal
Coming to see The Valkyrie and want to pre-order a special Ring "boxed meal" to eat during the first intermission? For ordering details and to see sandwich options, visit the Ring Dining page. Please note: Ring boxed meals are the only option for food during the Ring performances at the Kennedy Center due to limited intermission time. Please consider pre-ordering a meal if you will not be planning to eat before or after the performance.


Siegmund: Christopher Ventris
Sieglinde: Meagan Miller
Hunding: Raymond Aceto*
Wotan: Alan Held
Brünnhilde: Catherine Foster* (Cycles I & II), Nina Stemme* (Cycle III)
Fricka: Elizabeth Bishop
Gerhilde: Marcy Stonikas*
Helmwige: Lori Phillips
Waltraute: Catherine Martin
Schwertleite: Lindsay Ammann
Ortlinde: Melody Moore
Siegrune: Eve Gigliotti*
Grimgerde: Renée Tatum       
Rossweisse: Daryl Freedman
Listed in order of vocal appearance
Director: Francesca Zambello
Conductor: Philippe Auguin
Set Designer: Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer: Catherine Zuber
Lighting Designer: Mark McCullough
Projection Designers: S. Katy Tucker and Jan Hartley
Movement Director: Denni Sayers

*WNO debut
‡ Current Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist
± Former Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist


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