R. WAGNER - Lohengrin, Act 2
R. WAGNER - Die Walküre, Act 2
Michael Rossi, conducting
Antoine Wagner, Die Walküre director
Marc Callahan, Lohengrin director
Through innovations focused on technology, the Miami Music Festival’s Wagner Institute advances the famed German composer Richard Wagner’s legacy of using an opera’s theatrics as part of the “total art.” This season, the festival has a special surprise for audiences as Wagner’s great, great grandson, Antoine Wagner, makes his directorial debut in the halls of the New World Symphony.
Wagner will create the concept, set design and direction for Act II of Die Walküre. Die Walküre brings Norse mythology to the stage with the continuance of Wagner’s 4-opera saga, The Ring. The second opera in the cycle, Die Walküre deals with the difficult relationship between gods and mortals as the main characters struggle with their pride in order to decide the ultimate destiny of mortals. Famous Bass Baritone Alan Held returns as Wotan and Long Time Wagnerian Soprano Linda Watson joins the cast of participants as Brunhilde.
Following Die Walküre is yet another epic Wagner episode, Act II of Lohengrin. Based on an old German legend, Lohengrin tells the story of a mysterious knight who appears by way of a magic swan boat. The enchanted story intertwines love and death with magical transformations and legendary quests.