Richard Wagner: Die Walküre

Even though the composer had intended otherwise and wanted his monumental Ring tetralogy to be premiered in his own festival theatre in Bayreuth, this second part was already heard on June 26, 1870, at the Munich Hof- und Nationaltheater. King Ludwig II did not want to wait until the Bayreuth Festival Theatre was completed and therefore arranged for the premature premiere of Die Walküre against the composer’s will. To this day, this opera about the love of the twin couple Siegmund and Sieglinde, which breaks all social norms, and the banishment of his favorite daughter Brünnhilde by Wotan, the father of the gods, enjoys enormous popularity.

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