Opera and Gelato Film Festival
The Arizona Opera is proud to present the 2nd annual summer Opera and Gelato Film Festival. Join us for a screening of Die Walküre, the second installment of Wagner's monumental Ring Cycle. Enjoy FROST Gelato and refreshments for purchase.
Time: Screening begins at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Arizona Opera Center, Roma and Raymond Wittcoff Black Box Theater
Running Time: 5 hours with two intermissions
Due to the running time of this screening, no auxilary events will take place before the film. Wine, beer, gelato, soda, and water will be available for purchase.
ABOUT THE OPERA
As a storm rages, a young wanderer, Siegmund, finds shelter inside Hunding's hut. Hunding's wife, Sieglinde, offers hospitality to the young man, finding herself instantly attracted to the sorrowful youth. But when Hunding returns from a manhunt, he realizes that Siegmund is the one they wished to kill. While Hunding must honor the laws of hospitality for the night, in the moring, he and Siegmund must fight to the death.
Once Hunding retires, asleep due to a potion concocted by Sieglinde, Siegmund and Sieglinde declare their love for one another and pull a powerful sword from a mighty tree, a favorable omen from the gods.
In Valhalla, Wotan smiles down at his two children, Siegmund and Sieglinde, pleased that they have found one another and freed his sword. However, Fricka, Wotan's wife, cannot stand the twin's love. She declares she has the right--as the goddess of marriage--to favor Hunding in the upcoming battle. But when Wotan summons Brunhilde, his favorite daughter and chief Valkyrie, Brunhilde soon learns the truth of Wotan's will.
Will Brunhilde honor her father's word and kill Siegmund in the coming fight, or will she fullfill his wish and kill Hunding instead? Wagner's masterpiece, filled with some of the most famous moments in all of opera, including The Ride of the Valkyries, is a complicated, gorgeous meditation on the nature of love, mortality, and alligence. Wotan and Brunhilde, must come to terms with what we want to do and what we must do.
NOTE: While this is a FREE event, we expect this screening to sell out. PLEASE DO NOT RESERVE MORE SEATS THAN YOU ACTUALLY WILL USE. Should your plans change at any time, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we may release seats to those on the waitlist.