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The Bridgewater Hall
Lower Mosley Street Manchester M2 3WS

Wagner: Die Walküre
The Madness of an Extraordinary Plan

Wagner: Die Walküre The Madness of an Extraordinary Plan

'It was of course, the very visibility of the orchestra that made this three-dimensional programme note be subjected to these mighty and judicious fragments, played by forces that looked as transcendent as they sounded, was the beginning of a two-day emotional journey that left me feeling torn apart. The conducting was inspired; the immense structure cohered; one looks forward to the issue of the live recording happily being made.'

MIF continued its partnership with the city's Hallé Orchestra for a thrilling concert performance of Wagner's Die Walküre, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, plus a newly commissioned prologue for the Ring Cycle, The Madness of an Extraordinary Plan. Directed by Neil Bartlett, Roger Allam brought Wagner's words to life from Gerard McBurney's text and gave Die Walküre a compelling new context.

The work of avant garde French composer Mark Andre received its UK premiere, accompanied by two specially commissioned films in response to Andre's groundbreaking work.

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival, The Hallé and The Bridgewater Hall


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