Summary Richard Wagner. Valkyrie

Summary Richard Wagner. Valkyrie

VALKYRIE

The first day of the tetralogy “Ring of the Nibelung” in three acts

R. Wagner’s libretto

Characters:

Sigmund

Hunding

Sieglinde, his wife

Wotan, the supreme god

Frika, his wife

Brünnhilde, Valkyrie, his daughter

Tenor

Bass

Soprano

Bass

Mezzo soprano

Soprano

Soprano

Soprano

Mezzo soprano

Mezzo soprano

Soprano

Mezzo soprano

Mezzo soprano

Mezzo soprano

Valkyrie:

Herhild

Ortlinda

Waltraute

Schwerteleit

Helmvig

Sigruna

Grimderd

Roswaysa

The

action takes place in the hut of Hunding and in the mountains in fairy-tale times.

PLOT

In a terrible thunderstorm, fleeing from the pursuit of enemies, an exhausted, wounded, unarmed warrior runs into the forest hut. He is greeted by a sad woman. A gentle feeling for a stranger flares up in Sieglinde’s soul. At this time, her husband returns home, a brutal and cruel Hunding. He is struck by the similarity between his wife and guest. The alien responds reluctantly to the master’s inquiries. His life is harsh and full of adversity; so he calls himself Veilt – Sorrowful. He lived with his father in the forest, and the enemies poisoned them like wild wolves; the father received from them the name Wolff (Wolf). Once, when they returned home, they did not find their home – the enemies burned it, killed the mother, and took the sister with them. Soon, Wolff himself disappeared-during the battle his son lost sight of him and never saw him again. The boy was left alone. He left the forest to live with people, but they did not find happiness either: His advice was met with ridicule, and help turned into evil. One day he wanted to protect the girl, whom the brothers forcibly married; he killed the brothers, but the girl bitterly

mourned their death and cursed her defender. She died at the hands of the angry relatives of the dead, and he, wounded, unarmed, was forced to flee. Hunding jumps up, indignant: so who dared to interfere in the affairs of their kind boldly! He calls the guest on a duel – tomorrow morning he will kill him, – and orders his wife to prepare a drink for the night. Sieglinda, driven by sudden love and compassion for the wanderer, pours a sleeping powder into her husband in a drink. Left alone, the stranger remembered how his father had once told him of a wonderful sword, Notunga, which he would find in the hour of trouble; Then a sad look of a woman came to his memory, and he felt, how love flares up in his heart. Sieglinda appears. She came to help an unarmed guest. On the day of her sad wedding with Hunding, the elder appeared in a dark raincoat at the feast. He dug a sword into the trunk of an ash, and no one could pull it out, for it is intended for a mighty hero. Ziglinda looks intently at the stranger’s face and again asks his name. And then he reveals his real name – Sigmund, the son of Welse. Ziglinda enthusiastically rushes into his arms: in her beloved she found her lost brother in her childhood. Zygmund tears a sword from the trunk of an ash tree and, along with Ziglinda, escapes from Hunding’s hut. Ziglinda looks intently at the stranger’s face and again asks his name. And then he reveals his real name – Sigmund, the son of Welse. Ziglinda enthusiastically rushes into his arms: in her beloved she found her lost brother in her childhood. Zygmund tears a sword from the trunk of an ash tree and, along with Ziglinda, escapes from Hunding’s hut. Ziglinda looks intently at the stranger’s face and again asks his name. And then he reveals his real name – Sigmund, the son of Welse. Ziglinda enthusiastically rushes into his arms: in her beloved she found her lost brother in her childhood. Zygmund tears a sword from the trunk of an ash tree and, along with Ziglinda, escapes from Hunding’s hut.

The supreme god Votan equips his daughter, Valkyrie Brungilda – in the fight between Zygmund and Hunding, she will fight on the side of Zygmund. Appears angry Frika – Wotan’s wife, the keeper of the family hearth. She can not allow Sigmund to win. People ceased to honor the sanctity of marriages, Zygmund kidnapped someone else’s wife. But are not the same done by the gods? After all, Wotan himself, when he wandered under the name of Welse among people, took as his wife an earthly woman who gave birth to him two twins – Zygmund and Sieglinde. Wotan has no right to protect his son – Hunding should win. And he obeys. Grieved, he tells Brunnhilde that he once committed a deceit: he broke the contract with the giants, robbed Nibelung Alberich and took possession of his magic ring. Afraid of the gloomy prophecy of the goddess Erda, he gave the ring to the giants, but since then the alarm has not left him. To learn about the fate of the world, Votan descended into the mysterious kingdom of Erda, from their marriage and the warrior Vrkkiri Brundhild was born. Feeling his powerlessness to restore peace and justice, Wotan was looking for a hero among people free from the curse of gold and the power of the gods. Such a hero was to become Sigmund – not without reason, Wotan tempered his will in the trials of wandering life. But Sigmund is not free: God brought adversities, but God gave him in his hands and an unbeatable sword. Unable to understand the laws and treaties created by him, Wotan submits to Freak’s will – let Sigmund die, let the terrible Nibelung become the master of the world! And at this time, Sigmund and Sieglinde flee. Exhausted by the weight of the road, with fear and remorse, Sieglinde falls asleep. Zygmund is the messenger of death – Valkyrie Brunhild. She announces to him the will of the supreme god: he will fall in battle with Hunding, and an invincible sword will not save him. Zygmund curses the injustice of the gods and brings the sword over the sleeping Sieglinde: he can not leave her to scold Hunding. Brunnhilde, encompassed by compassion, subdued by the power of his love and fearlessness, decides to break his father’s will-in battle she will defend Zygmund. The horn of Hunding is heard. The duel begins. The victory tends to Sigmund’s side, but from behind the clouds appears an angry Wotan and directs his spear at him. The sword of Zygmund flies to pieces, and Hunding hits an unarmed hero. With a contemptuous movement of his hand, Votan destroys the victor and rushes after the Valkyrie, which violated his will. Zygmund curses the injustice of the gods and brings the sword over the sleeping Sieglinde: he can not leave her to scold Hunding. Brunnhilde, encompassed by compassion, subdued by the power of his love and fearlessness, decides to break his father’s will-in battle she will defend Zygmund. The horn of Hunding is heard. The duel begins. The victory tends to Sigmund’s side, but from behind the clouds appears an angry Wotan and directs his spear at him. The sword of Zygmund flies to pieces, and Hunding hits an unarmed hero. With a contemptuous movement of his hand, Votan destroys the victor and rushes after the Valkyrie, which violated his will. Zygmund curses the injustice of the gods and brings the sword over the sleeping Sieglinde: he can not leave her to scold Hunding. Brunnhilde, encompassed by compassion, subdued by the power of his love and fearlessness, decides to break his father’s will-in battle she will defend Zygmund. The horn of Hunding is heard. The duel begins. The victory tends to Sigmund’s side, but from behind the clouds appears an angry Wotan and directs his spear at him. The sword of Zygmund flies to pieces, and Hunding hits an unarmed hero. With a contemptuous movement of his hand, Votan destroys the victor and rushes after the Valkyrie, which violated his will. The victory tends to Sigmund’s side, but from behind the clouds appears an angry Wotan and directs his spear at him. The sword of Zygmund flies to pieces, and Hunding hits an unarmed hero. With a contemptuous movement of his hand, Votan destroys the victor and rushes after the Valkyrie, which violated his will. The victory tends to Sigmund’s side, but from behind the clouds appears an angry Wotan and directs his spear at him. The sword of Zygmund flies to pieces, and Hunding hits an unarmed hero. With a contemptuous movement of his hand, Votan destroys the victor and rushes after the Valkyrie, which violated his will.

High in the mountains is the victorious call of the Valkyries. The warrior maidens fly on their air horses, bringing to Valhalla the fallen heroes in battles, which are replenished by the heavenly host of Wotan. Eight sisters gathered on a rock – there is no only Brunhild. Here she is with the heavy burden that Sieglinda saved her. Brünnhilde asks her to give her a fresh horse, so that, together with Zyglinda, she must flee from her father’s wrath. But Valkanie scared Wotan, and Ziglind begged to let her die – after Zygmund’s death, she had no reason to live. Then Brunhilda says that she will have a son from Zygmund, Siegfried, in which the father’s valor will revive – and Sieglinde as passionately as she had previously prayed for death, now begs for salvation. Brünnhild decides: let Ziglinda run alone and hide in a dense forest. The terrible punishment of the angry supreme god: Brunhilde has no place among the gods – she will become a mortal woman and wife of one who finds her here sleeping on a desert rock. The Valkyries are horrified to leave their sister. She begs her father for forgiveness and justice: after all, not by his own free will he condemned the death of his beloved son, Zygmund. Wotan’s prayers soften Wotan: she will be awakened from sleep by an intrepid hero who will not be afraid of the spear of the supreme god. With deep sadness, he bids farewell to his daughter and immerses her in a magical dream; According to the sign of Wotan, the rock is surrounded by a wall of fire. With deep sadness, he bids farewell to his daughter and immerses her in a magical dream; According to the sign of Wotan, the rock is surrounded by a wall of fire. With deep sadness, he bids farewell to his daughter and immerses her in a magical dream; According to the sign of Wotan, the rock is surrounded by a wall of fire.


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Summary Richard Wagner. Valkyrie