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Valkyrie 2001Scottish Opera

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The second instalment of the new Ring production again opened at the Edinburgh Festival before entering the Autumn repertoire in Glasgow.

The overall standard, both musical and dramatic, established by the Rheingold, continued without a problem. Some new singers were encountered, most notably the young Swedish tenor Jan Kyhle, who looked ideal as Siegmund, and also sounded excellent in spite of apparently having little by way of operatic pedigree. The new Sieglinde, the Swiss soprano Ursula Füri-Bernhard, also gave a lovely lyrical performance, but was the most important of the artists who was unable to return for the cycles in 2003. Matthew Best and Anne Mason maintained the high standard they had reached the previous year, and would achieve even more in 2003. Elizabeth Byrne had only sung Verdi, Puccini and MacMillan in Scotland before, but she had already sung the Walküre Brünnhilde in the USA and would develop the other sections of the role in this production. Clare Shearer and Yvonne Lea both returned in the roles they had taken in the 1991 Richard Jones production.

Performance Cast

Siegmund a Volsung

Jan Kyhle

Sieglinde a Volsung, sister of Siegmund

Ursula Füri-Bernhard

Hunding husband of Sieglinde

Carsten Stabell

Wotan father of the Valkyries and Volsungs

Matthew Best

Brünnhilde a Valkyrie

Elizabeth Byrne

Fricka Wotan's estranged wife

Anne Mason

Gerhilde a Valkyrie

Sarah Rhodes

Ortlinde a Valkyrie

Mary Callan Clarke

Waltraute a Valkyrie

Jane Irwin

Schwertleite a Valkyrie

Kathleen Wilkinson

Helmwige a Valkyrie

Rachel Hynes

Siegrune a Valkyrie

Clare Shearer

Grimgerde a Valkyrie

Yvonne Lea

Rossweisse a Valkyrie

Leah-Marian Jones

Performance DatesValkyrie 2001

Map List

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

23 Aug, 17.00 26 Aug, 17.00 29 Aug, 17.00 1 Sep, 17.00

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

8 Sep, 17.00 13 Sep, 17.00 19 Sep, 17.00 22 Sep, 17.00

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