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Soprano soloist Alison Roddy brought a decidedly Wagnerian approach to the indeed Wagnerian settings of these valedictory poems, facial and body language as rapt as in any Brunnhilde
narration, vocal tones beautifully even and creamily phrased.
As a dramatic soprano, she has also made her mark in the operas of Wagner, winning praise for her Brunnhilde
in a complete Ring cycle for Longborough Festival Opera in 2013.
Norma and Brunnhilde
sort of became your special roles.
instructs Loge through the ravens to do this; alternatively, it could be seen to be Brunnhilde
's own deed, given that she goes on to sing: "So--werf ich den Brand / in Walhalls prangende Burg"--"Thus do I hurl this torch into Valhalla's splendid castle.
Only by throwing herself on her husband's funeral pyre can Brunnhilde
, the valkyrie, bring an end to spite, jealousy and tumult in the world and engineer the return of the ring to the Rhinemaidens.
American soprano Kelly Cae Hogan will take on the role of Lady Macbeth having flown in at extremely short notice to sing Brunnhilde
for the first two performances of Die Walkure.
Elisabeth's prayer as delivered by Dvorakova expresses ardent piety, Kundry (a newer radio recording on this CD) enthrals with forcible drama, Brunnhilde
at the end of Siegfried with amorous sentiment and the weightiness of a great catharsis in the conclusion of the tetralogy.
This is much more faithful to the action of Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods), the final installment of The Ring, which sees Siegfried, under the influence of an evil potion, not only betray Brunnhilde
with a very objectionable woman, but also procure her for a most unsavory man; for which Brunnhilde
confides to Hagen, the son of the Nibelung Alberich, conceived not in love but in violent lust, how he might kill the nearly invulnerable Siegfried.
The cast features Terfel as Wotan and Bullock singing the role of Brunnhilde
Anne Evans Brunnhilde
* Linda Finnie Fricka/Siegrune
Thus, female fighters become objects of sexual conquest or rape, such as Brunnhilde
, or die, such as Joan of Arc, or both.