Die Walküre

Buy tickets
June 2023

1. Act

The Volsung reached Siegmund, fleeing from pursuers, hardly exhausts the dwelling Hunding. His wife, Sieglinde, receives the hero and gives him a drink. returns home as Siegmund tells Hunding be fulfilled by accidents of life. Hunding recognize very soon that he is the man the right to kill, he moved out. Because he wants to preserve the right of hospitality, he moves the duel with the unarmed Siegmund on the next morning. Sieglinde succeed her husband a sleeping potion to proffer. It also gives Siegmund a mysterious sword that was pushed by a mysterious stranger in the trunk of an ash tree. Siegmund and Sieglinde, were inflamed with love for each other, recognize that they are twins and violate their incestuous, adulterous love the hospitality.

2. Act

The mysterious stranger is the chief god Wotan, the guardians of all contracts. With a mortal man he once fathered the twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. He now wants the Valkyrie Brünnhilde - his daughter from the union of the goddess Erda me - send the battlefield to give Siegmund Hunding in armed conflict against the victory. Wotan's wife Fricka as yet intervened: the Lord of the contracts should not cover similar illegal acts such as adultery and incest. Wotan's hope that once a hero could win back the Ring of the Nibelung, is confounded. He orders the Valkyrie Brünnhilde against his own desire to kill Siegmund. This announces Siegmund his imminent death, but also promises him the glorious entry into Valhalla. Siegmund refuses when he learns that he can not accompany Sieglinde. Brünnhilde, moved by his love breaks Wotan's command and fight for Siegmund. Wotan is forced to give Siegmund even death.

3. Act

Brünnhilde then save the pregnant Sieglinde. mean for Siegmund and Sieglinde's son, Siegfried, Brünnhilde, the leaves in the fight against Hunding, Wotan and his father's broken sword.
As the angry Wotan reached the breakaway Valkyrie, it deprives the divinity and sentenced them, the wife of the first to be best. Finally, he reduced his sentence: the best. It surrounds the sleeper with a fire wall, which can only pass through the best to awaken Brünnhilde again.

Program and cast

Musical direction: Franz Welser-Möst
Production: Sven-Eric Bechtolf
Stage: Rolf Glittenberg
Costumes: Marianne Glittenberg
Video: fettFilm (Momme Hinrichs and Torge Möller)
Siegmund: Giorgio Berrugi

Hunding: Ain Anger
Wotan: Eric Owens
Sieglinde: Tamara Wilson
Brünnhilde: Ricarda Merbeth
Fricka: Tanja Ariane Baumgartner


Photo gallery

Vienna State Opera

Public Transport

Subway lines: U1, U2, U4
Trams: 1, 2, D, J, 62, 65
Buses: 59A
Local Railway: Badner Bahn
Stops: Karlsplatz / Opera

Taxi stands are available nearby.


Parking is only € 6, - for eight hours!

The Wiener Staatsoper and the ÖPARK Kärntner Ring Garage on Mahlerstraße 8, under the “Ringstraßengalerien”, offer the patrons of the Vienna State Opera a new, reduced parking fee. You can park in the Kärntner Ring Garage for up to 8 hours and pay only a flat fee of € 6, -. Just validate your ticket at one of the discount machines inside the Wiener Staatsoper. The normal rate will be charged for parking time greater than 8 hours. The validation machines can be found at the following coat checks: Operngasse, Herbert von Karajan-Platz, and the right and left and balcony galleries.

Important: In order to get the discount, please draw a ticket and do not use your credit card when entering the garage!

After devaluing your ticket in the Wiener Staatsoper you can pay comfortably by credit card or cash at the vending machines.

The machines accept coins and bills up to 50.- Euro. Parking time longer than 8 hours will be charged at the normal rate.


The structure of the opera house was planned by the Viennese architect August Sicard von Sicardsburg, while the inside was designed by interior decorator Eduard van der Nüll. It was also impacted by other major artists such as Moritz von Schwind, who painted the frescoes in the foyer, and the famous "Zauberflöten" (“Magic Flute”) series of frescoes on the veranda. Neither of the architects survived to see the opening of ‘their’ opera house: the sensitive van der Nüll committed suicide, and his friend Sicardsburg died of a stroke soon afterwards.


On May 25, 1869, the opera house solemnly opened with Mozart's Don Giovanni in the presence of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth.
The popularity of the building grew under the artistic influence of the first directors: Franz von Dingelstedt, Johann Herbeck, Franz Jauner, and Wilhelm Jahn. The Vienna opera experienced its first high point under the direction of Gustav Mahler. He completely transformed the outdated performance system, increased the precision and timing of the performances, and also utilized the experience of other noteworthy artists, such as Alfred Roller, for the formation of new stage aesthetics.


The years 1938 to 1945 were a dark chapter in the history of the opera house. Under the Nazis, many members of the house were driven out, pursued, and killed, and many works were not allowed to be played.


On March 12, 1945, the opera house was devastated during a bombing, but on May 1, 1945, the “State Opera in the Volksoper” opened with a performance of Mozart's THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. On October 6, 1945, the hastily restored “Theaters an der Wien” reopened with Beethoven's FIDELIO. For the next ten years the Vienna State Opera operated in two venues while the true headquarters was being rebuilt at a great expense.


The Secretary of State for Public Works, Julius Raab, announced on May 24, 1945, that reconstruction of the Vienna State Opera would begin immediately. Only the main facade, the grand staircase, and the Schwind Foyer had been spared from the bombs. On November 5, 1955, the Vienna State Opera reopened with a new auditorium and modernized technology. Under the direction of Karl Böhm, Beethoven’s FIDELIO was brilliantly performed, and the opening ceremonies were broadcast by Austrian television. The whole world understood that life was beginning again for this country that had just regained its independence.


Today, the Vienna State Opera is considered one of the most important opera houses in the world; in particular, it is the house with the largest repertoire. It has been under the direction of Dominique Meyer since September 1, 2010.

© Bwag/Commons
Related events