The New Orleans Opera Association is back! The opera opened last weekend at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts with Wagner's Die Walküre, Act One. Accompanied by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the performance was a stunning display of musical magic.
The German opera, which premiered in 1870, tells the story of a wounded Siegmund (Wehwalt) who seeks shelter at the home of Sieglinde, who lives a tumultuous life there with her husband, Hunding. After realizing her love for Siegmund, she drugs her husband and the two rendezvous as he sleeps during the night. Soon after finding out their relationship as long lost twin siblings, the two let nothing, not even Hunding, stop their romance as they flee away hand in hand.
The performance included a three-member cast, minimal wardrobe, and a setting with the backdrop of the moon. While the stage was only filled with the sounds of the LPO and the voicing of the three opera singers, the impact was as dynamic as a full stage of performers.
With 18 months of not being able to perform indoors, NOOA chose a great opera to open their fantastic collection of shows for the 2021-2022 season.
Next on the list:
An Homage to Josephine Baker, January 6 - 9, 2022
Gala Concert, February 11 & 13, 2022
Puccini's La bohème, April 1 & 3, 2022