Arcola Theatre in association with Hackney Empire presents

Die Walküre

by Richard Wagner

Adapted by Jonathan Dove and Graham Vick
Orchestrated by Jonathan Dove

Grimeborn Opera Festival 2021 transforms the opulent Hackney Empire stage for three nights with a special adaptation of the second act of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

Two strangers, Sieglinde and Siegmund, meet in a storm. Their chance encounter rapidly turns into a consuming love affair. But their connection is not all as it seems…

Fleeing for their safety, the couple spark the fury of their father, plunging the world into an apocalyptic battle for power.

Director Julia Burbach and Conductor Peter Selwyn reunite with Designer, Bettina John after their critically-acclaimed take on Das Rheingold (2019) with a bold reimagining of the second act of Wagner‘s Ring Cycle.

Accompanied by the Orpheus Sinfonia, an orchestra of 18 musicians, Grimeborn Festival brings Jonathan Dove’s stirring adaptation of Wagner’s magical opera of gods and goddesses to Hackney Empire in the heart of East London.


Praise for Das Rheingold (2019):

★★★★★ “Musically breathtaking, emotionally gripping, dramatically convincing, and a better advert for the genius of Wagner to a new audience than I’ve seen for ages”TheatreCat

★★★★ “Grippingly realised by director Julia Burbach and conductor Peter Selwyn”Bachtrack

“The slender forces of Orpheus Sinfonia ... make the floor shake”Evening Standard

★★★★ “A triumph”ReviewsGate