The Valkyrie, Act III
In a world first for opera, we give you an unprecedented insight into what happens behind the scenes of a performance at the Royal Opera House.
In this pre-recorded performance of Act III of Wagner’s The Valkyrie, with Bryn Terfel in the role of Wotan, 21 cameras were used to capture all the action from the stalls to the orchestra pit to backstage.
You can choose to watch the performance from three very different perspectives – either the exciting cues and calls of the stage manager; or follow The Royal Opera’s music director Sir Antonio Pappano’s conducting; or sit back and enjoy the performance from the stalls. To switch between these views, click on the corresponding thumbnails.
Please be aware there is some strobe lighting. You can tweet your comments using the hashtag #ROLive.
This opportunity to see the inner workings of a performance is part of Royal Opera Live, a day of broadcasting from backstage of the Royal Opera House. On Monday 7th January, The Space hosted a live stream from the iconic building in London’s Covent Garden, featuring behind the scenes access to rehearsals, interviews and insights.
Highlights included rehearsals of The Royal Opera’s forthcoming performances of The Minotaur and Eugene Onegin; interviews with music director Sir Antonio Pappano and director of opera Kasper Holten; and the build up to that evening’s performance of La Boheme.
To watch highlights of the Royal Opera Live event, visit this page.
Royal Opera Live was a co-commission between the Royal Opera House, Arts Council England and The Guardian.
THE VALKYRIE – CAST AND CREW
CONDUCTOR – ANTONIO PAPPANO
DIRECTOR – KEITH WARNER
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR – WALTER SUTCLIFFE
FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – MICHAEL MOXHAM
SET DESIGNS – STEFANO LAZARIDIS
COSTUME DESIGNS – MARIE-JEANNE LECCA
LIGHTING DESIGN – WOLFGANG GÖBBEL
VIDEO DESIGNS – MIC POOL AND DICK STRAKER
ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
CONCERT MASTER – VASKO VASSILEV
SIEGMUND – SIMON O’NEILL
SIEGLINDE – EVA-MARIA WESTBROEK
WOTAN – BRYN TERFEL
BRUNNHILDE – SUSAN BULLOCK
GERHILDE – ALWYN MELLOR
ORTLINDE – KATHERINE BRODERICK
WALTRAUTE – KAREN CARGILL
SCHWERTLEITE – ANNA BURFORD
HELMWIGE – ELISABETH MEISTER
SIEGRUNE – SARAH CASTLE
GIMGERDE – CLARE SHEARER
ROSSWEISSE – MADELEINE SHAW