METROPOLITAN OPERA RADIO BROADCAST Wagner’s Die Walküre March 30 at 12:00 (not 1:00)March 22, 2019
**METROPOLITAN OPERA RADIO BROADCAST ALERT**
Christine Goerke stars as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre,
the second opera in Wagner’s epic Der Ring des Nibelungen
Radio Broadcast: Saturday, March 30 at 12:00 p.m. ET on WJOP-LP 96.3 FM
The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Die Walküre, the second opera of Wagner’s four-part masterwork Der Ring des Nibelungen. The cast of preeminent Wagnerian singers is led by Christine Goerke as the warrior maiden Brünnhilde, and Greer Grimsley as her father, the god Wotan, who relies on his half-mortal offspring to lift the curse of the ring. The twins, Sieglinde and Siegmund, are Eva-Marie Westbroek and Stuart Skelton. Jamie Barton sings Wotan’s wife Fricka, and Günther Groissböck is Hunding. Philippe Jordan conducts the performance, part of the complete Ring cycle being broadcast this season. Die Walküre will be heard live over Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 30th on WJOP-LP 96.3 FM Newburyport.
American soprano Christine Goerke makes her Met role debut as Brünnhilde, a role she has sung to acclaim with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and Canadian Opera Company. Since making her Met debut in 1995 in the ensemble of John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, she has sung eleven roles with the company, including the title role of Strauss’s Elektra, the title role of Puccini’s Turandot, the Dyer’s Wife in Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten, the Foreign Princess in Dvořák’s Rusalka, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Madame Lidoine in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites. Recent performances elsewhere include the title role in Elektra at Houston Grand Opera and Canadian Opera Company, as well as Ortrud in Wagner’s Lohengrin and the title role in Turandot at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. This season, she continues at the Met as Brünnhilde in Ring cycle performances of Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, and she returns next season to star in Turandot.
American bass-baritone Greer Grimsley has previously sung Wotan in the Met’s 2012–13 Ring cycle, as well as at San Francisco Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and Deutsche Oper Berlin. He has performed eight roles at the Met, including Kurwenal in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Telramund in Lohengrin, Jochanaan in Strauss’s Salome, Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca, and Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen. Recent performances include the role of Wotan in both Die Walküre at the Bayreuth Festival and in Das Rheingold at Teatro Real in Madrid, as well as the title role of Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer at the Bayreuth Festival and Dallas Opera. Later this season he reprises Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde at the Bayreuth Festival.
Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek reprises Sieglinde, the role in which she made her Met debut in 2011. Other roles at the Met include the title role of Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini, Katerina in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, and Elisabeth in Wagner’s Tannhäuser. Earlier this season, she starred as Minnie in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, which was seen around the world as a part of the Met’s Live in HD series. Upcoming appearances include Kundry in Wagner’s Parsifal and Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana at Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Giorgetta in Puccini’s Il Tabarro at Bavarian State Opera.
Australian tenor Stuart Skelton reprises his portrayal of Siegmund, having also sung the role at companies including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and the Baden-Baden Festival. He made his Met debut in 2011 as the Drum-Major in Berg’s Wozzeck, and returned as Tristan in Tristan und Isolde and, earlier this season, in the title role of Verdi’s Otello. His other recent performances include Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio at La Scala, the title role in Britten’s Peter Grimes at the Brisbane Festival, and the title role of Lohengrin at Paris Opera. This spring he reprises the roles of Siegmund at the Budapest Festival and Otello at the Baden-Baden Festival.
American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton adds a new role to her Met repertory this season as Fricka, a role she has previously sung at San Francisco Opera and Houston Grand Opera. She first came to prominence as a winner of the Met’s National Council Auditions in 2007, and made her company debut in 2009 as the Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Other house credits include Giovanna Seymour in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, Fenena in Verdi’s Nabucco, Ježibaba in Rusalka, and Adalgisa in Bellini’s Norma. In 2017 she received the Met’s Beverly Sills Artist Award. Other appearances this season include Ježibaba in Rusalka and Sara in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux at San Francisco Opera, and Azucena in Verdi’s Il Trovatore at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Bavarian State Opera. She is currently singing Fricka in the Met’s Ring cycle performances of Das Rheingold, and she returns next season in the roles of Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice and Queen Elizabeth I in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda.
Austrian bass Günther Groissböck gives his first Met performances as Hunding, having previously sung the role at companies including Vienna State Opera and Paris Opera. He made his Met debut in 2010 as Colline in Puccini’s La Bohème and has returned as Banquo in Verdi’s Macbeth, Lodovico in Otello, Hermann in Tannhäuser, Don Fernando in Fidelio, and as Baron Ochs in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, a role he will reprise during the Met’s 2019-20 season under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. Upcoming performances include Gurnemanz in Parsifal at Deutsche Oper Berlin and at the Bayreuth Festival, where he will also appear as Pogner in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He continues at the Met this spring as Fasolt in Ring cycle performances of Das Rheingold.
Swiss conductor Philippe Jordan made his Met debut leading Johann Strauss Jr.’s Die Fledermaus in 2002, and since then has conducted Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni, as well as Carmen with the company. He has been the music director of the Paris Opera since 2009 and principal conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra since 2014. In September 2020 he assumes duties as music director of the Vienna State Opera. He has conducted at companies such as Vienna State Opera, Munich Opera Festival, the Salzburg Festival, Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival, Houston Grand Opera, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Upcoming performances include Don Giovanni and Borodin’s Prince Igor at Paris Opera, and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Bayreuth Festival.
The intermissions will include backstage interviews led by Live in HD host Deborah Voigt, and the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera Quiz.