Die Walküre

Die Walküre premiered on 26 Juni 1870 at the Königlichen Hof- und Nationaltheater in Munich. The premiere as part of a complete Ring cycle was on 14 August 1876 at the Festival House in Bayreuth.

Anne Evans and John Tomlinson in Die Walküre

John Tomlinson as Wotan punishes Anne Evans (Brünnhilde) in Die Walküre, act 3. Photo from Harry Kupfer's production at the Bayreuth Festival.

Die Walküre (as part of the complete Ring des Nibelungen) was produced in the following cities years following the world premiere at the Bayreuth Festival on 14 August 1876.

1878 München
1879 Wien
1880 Hamburg
1881 Berlin (Angelo Neumann's travelling Wagner-Theatre with guest performances in Berliner Viktoria-Theater)
1882–1883 Angelo Neumann's travelling Wagner-Theatre on tour: London (Her Majesty's Theatre), Breslau, Königsberg, Danzig, Hannover, Bremen, Barmen, Dresden, Amsterdam, Brüssel, Aachen, Düsseldorf, Mainz, Darmstadt, Karlsruhe, Strassburg, Stuttgart, Basel, Venice, Bologna, Rome, Torino, Triest, Budapest, Graz – totaling 135 performances of the Ring!


Ride of the Valkyries

Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Barenboim



Said about Die Walküre

Eduard Hanslick on Die Walküre

The second drama, Die Walküre begins very impressively with the entrance of the fugitive Siegmund into Hunding's house. The tedious breadth of the scene at the table (Siegmund, Hunding and Sieglinde) is compensated for, gradually, in the course of the love duet between Siegmund and Sieglinde, in which the B flat major episode, ‘Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond’, enters like long-missed sunlight. Here we are revived by a ray of melodious sustaned song.
    The second act is an abyss of boredom. […] Scenes like this recall the medieval torture of waking a sleeping prisoner by stabbing him with a needle at every nod.
On the first Wagner Festival, written 19 August 1876 (Bayreuth - The Early Years)