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Soft Valkyrie

English, Music, 1 season, 17 episodes, 4 hours, 6 minutes
Can someone whisper Die Walküre in your ear? With opera, you do not think of whispers or sighs but of strong classical voices in grand, spectacular set pieces. But the composer and game designer David Kanaga has turned Richard Wagner’s famous opera into a podcast. In Die Walküre, the second part of Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen, the supreme god Wotan punishes his daughter Brünnhilde for not following his orders. He makes her mortal and locks her up in a mountain surrounded by fire. While closely following Wagner’s notes and storyline, Kanaga’s background in the world of gaming can be heard in his use of electronic instruments and sound effects full of humour, drama and mysticism. The parts are sung by an atypical cast, ranging from classically trained vocalists like Claron McFadden to the demonic voice artist Attila Csihar – sung to be listened to on headphones rather than in an opera house. The result is intimate, light and less domineering than the original. One might even say: soft. A warm narrating voice turns Wagner’s stage instructions into a magical radio play in which the entire drama takes place in listeners’ imagination.Each of the three acts of Die Walküre will be divided into several podcast episodes for Soft Valkyrie. The episodes of the first act will be released on June 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th. The episodes of the second and third acts will follow later.
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Episode 12 – The Other Valkyries (Act 3)

Welcome back to Soft Valkyrie. We’ve just left the scene of battle, where Wotan was flying into a rage at Brunnhilde’s disobedience. Now, look off to the horizon. See that peak out there? T hat’s where Brunhilde’s sisters, the other Valkyries, like to gather and play with their dead heroes. Brunhilde has just escaped the scene of battle with Sieglinde in tow, and must be headed in their direction to ask for help. Let’s fly on over, and see how things are going.Click here for the full-score and for the libretto. Soft ValkyriePresented and commissioned by Holland Festival in collaboration with Staatsoper Hannover and Dutch National Opera. Full CreditsMusic and libretto  - Richard WagnerEnglish translation  - Frederick JamesonDirection & MIDI arrangement  - David KanagaVOICESSiegmund  - Bryan the MensahSieglinde  - Hailey ClarkHunding  - Attila CsiharWotan  - Mattijs van de WoerdFricka  - Nadine SecundeBrünnhilde -  Claron McFaddenValkyries  - Mercedes Arcuri (Gerhilde, Helmwige), Clara Nadesdin (Ortlinde, Siegrune), Weronika Rabek (Waltraute, Grimgerde), Monika Walerowicz (Rossweisse, Schwertleite)INSTRUMENTSMIDI Piano, Act 1 - Marc EvansteinMIDI Piano, act 2 and 3 - Ernst MunnekeAdditional Flute on Siegmund’s “Winterstürme” - Jonas PologeSFX packs - Ableton, SOPHIE, SpectrasonicsPRODUCTIONCasting - David Kanaga, Christian CarlstedtDramaturgy - Laura Roling, Manon SchreursCommissioned and co-produced by  Holland Festival, Dutch National Opera, Staatsoper HannoverWith the support of  NTR Radio 4Special thanks to  Sound department Staatstheater Hannover, Soho Square Studios London, Splendor Amsterdam, Jochem Valkenburg, Jasper Berben 
6/16/202218 minutes, 2 seconds
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Trailer for Soft Valkyrie, a contemporary podcast version of Richard Wagner's Die Walküre - commissioned by Holland Festival, Staatsoper Hannover and Dutch National Opera. First episode coming June 3rd!
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