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Valkyrie 1959Royal Opera, Stockholm

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The Swedish Opera maintained a wonderful tradition whereby star singers happily went on in shorter roles - in this case as Valkyries.  Inevitably, Birgit Nilsson was the star of the show,  but there was a lot of good singing on offer in the small theatre,  and the company's director,  at the end of a long singing career,  was still able to give a performance as Siegmund.


Royal Swedish Opera at the Edinburgh Festival 1959

For its first Edinburgh visit, the Royal Opera, Stockholm, brought a typically ambitious programme of Verdi, Wagner, Berg and Blomdahl.  While the Rigoletto and Walküre may have been fairly conventional,  Un ballo in maschera showed a clear attempt by the director to get as close as possible to Swedish history.  Wozzeck was a Scottish premiere, and Aniara saw the British premiere of an interesting new piece only launched in May.

The five operas given were by Wagner (Die Walküre);  Verdi (RigolettoUn ballo in maschera);  Berg (Wozzeck) and Blomdahl (Aniara).

The three week performance schedule was:

Week One, w/c 24 August:  Mon 24  Ballo in maschera;  Tue 25 Rigoletto;  Wed 26 Walküre;  Thu 27  Rigoletto;  Fri 28  Walküre;  Sat 29  Ballo in maschera.

Week Two,  w/c 31 August:  Mon 31 Walküre;  Tue 1 Sep  Rigoletto;  Wed 2 Walküre;  Thu 3  Aniara;  Fri 4  Ballo in maschera;  Sat 5  Aniara.

Week Three, w/c 7 September:  Mon 7 Walküre;  Tue 8  Wozzeck;  Wed 9 Rigoletto;  Thu 10  Wozzeck;  Fri 11  Rigoletto;  Sat 12  Ballo in maschera.

Performance Cast

Siegmund a Volsung

Set Svanholm

Sieglinde a Volsung, sister of Siegmund

Aase Nordmo-Løvberg

Hunding husband of Sieglinde

Leon Björker

Wotan father of the Valkyries and Volsungs

Sigurd Björling

Brünnhilde a Valkyrie

Birgit Nilsson

Fricka Wotan's estranged wife

Kerstin Meyer (Exc Sep 2)

Margareta Bergström (Sep 2)

Gerhilde a Valkyrie

Anna-Greta Söderholm

Ortlinde a Valkyrie

Elisabeth Söderström

Waltraute a Valkyrie

Ingeborg Kjellgren

Schwertleite a Valkyrie

Margit Sehlmark

Helmwige a Valkyrie

Kjerstin Dellert

Siegrune a Valkyrie

Barbro Ericson

Grimgerde a Valkyrie

Margareta Bergström

Rossweisse a Valkyrie

Kerstin Meyer

Performance DatesValkyrie 1959

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King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

26 Aug, 18.00 28 Aug, 18.00 31 Aug, 18.00 2 Sep, 18.00 7 Sep, 18.00

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