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FULL DIE WALKÜRE Brattleboro VT 2022 Roseanne Ackerley, James Chamberlain, Kirk Eichelberger, Jenna Rae, Cailin Marcel Manson

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  • Published by: Tundi Productions  
  • Date Published: 2023  
  • Format: Streaming
  • Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
  • Subtitles: yessubs, ensubs  
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Review by Solange de Santis:

The emerging post-pandemic world is witnessing all kinds of artistic miracles but one of the most astonishing I’ve seen took place last week — the resurrection of a wild, improbable idea that Richard Wagner’s daunting operatic Ring cycle could be produced in the town of Brattleboro, Vermont (pop. 12,000).

Theatrical reawakening took place with two performances each of Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, two of the four Ring operas, in a semi-staged performance at Brattleboro’s historic, ornate Latchis Theater.

They were produced by a new company called Tundi Productions, the brainchild of conductor Hugh Keelan and soprano Jenna Rae, who are married.

With accompaniment by highly-skilled local orchestra players conducted with verve and finesse by Keelan, a company of professional opera singers threw their hearts into the work, communicating with dynamic beauty the essence of Wagner’s deeply-felt insight into men, women and the gods of legend.

There were excellent costumes, minimal stage furnishings and props, and video effects and surtitles on a scrim between the upstage orchestra and the downstage playing area. The focus was on the music. […]

The two Ring operas again featured top-notch singers, with Rae as a passionate Brunnhilde, Cailin Marcel Manson as a dignified Wotan (the supreme god), Sondra Kelly as Wotan’s wronged wife Fricka, Brian Ember as a riveting Alberich (the resentful dwarf who steals the Rhine gold) — but it’s difficult to single out particular cast members, as the entire ensemble was very strong. Veda Crewe and Todd Lyon are credited in the program with costume design and I was particularly taken with Crewe’s costumes for the giants, Fafner and Fasolt, who build Valhalla for Wotan. They looked like living columns of rock. […]

I liked such staging delights as the three Rhinemaidens swirling strings of green lighted cords to symbolize the river’s waves and the Valkyries using the balcony and side levels of the theater to join in their “ho jo to ho” battle call. With the orchestra driving the “Ride of the Valkyries” and eight sopranos, playing swaggering, badass women flying on magic horses, in full throat, the effect was absolutely thrilling. If Tundi can come out of a two-year pandemic pause with such vigor, then its future remains bright. A Ring cycle in maple syrup country? Sign me up!

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