Episode 4: Kisses in the Night
Siegmund, all alone and desperate, discovers the sword his father had left for him in the ash tree. With her husband Hunding fast asleep, Sieglinde re-enters the room. The two indulge in their incestuous desire.
Note: to hear Soft Valkyrie with live English, German or Dutch subtitles, please go to Youtube. The libretto can also be found here.
Presented and commissioned by Holland Festival in collaboration with Staatsoper Hannover and Dutch National Opera.
Directed, arranged and produced by David Kanaga
Siegmund - Bryan the Mensah
Sieglinde - Hailey Clark
Hunding - Attila Csihar
Wotan - Mattijs van de Woerd
Brünnhilde - Claron McFadden
Fricka - Nadine Secunde
Valkyries - Mercedes Arcuri, Clara Nadesdin, Weronika Rabek, and Monika Walerowicz
Narrator - Stephen Fry
Casting by Christian Carlstedt and David Kanaga
Act 1 MIDI piano reduction performed by Marc Evanstein
Acts 2 and 3 performed by Ernst Munneke
Synoptic texts and dramaturgy - Laura Roling
With special thanks to Jochem Valkenburg and Jasper Berben
Words and music by Richard Wagner
In an English translation by Frederick Jameson