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Concert | Die WalküreConcert | Die Walküre
Dresdner Festspielorchester & Concerto Köln

Die Walküre

Richard Wagner

The Wagner Cycles – a project of the Dresdner Musikfestspiele under the artistic directorship of Jan Vogler and Kent Nagano

The State Opera

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    March 2024

    Saturday 9. 3.

    Tickets available

    Basic information


    The State Opera


    Dresdner Festspielorchester & Concerto Köln

    The Wagner Cycles – a project of the Dresdner Musikfestspiele under the artistic directorship of Jan Vogler and Kent Nagano.

    Richard Wagner’s opus magnum, the tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen, will for the first time be heard in line with the principles of historically informed performance, with the use of period instruments and in the style the composer himself deemed ideal. The conductor Kent Nagano, Concerto Köln and a team of scholars have reconstructed the instrumental, vocal and linguistic practice of Wagner’s era. In November 2021, the Kölner Philharmonie hosted a concert of the cycle’s first part, Das Rheingold. The project will come to an end in 2026, when 150 years will have passed since the first performance of the complete Ring in Bayreuth.


    • 2023-2024
    • 2024-2025


    Musical assistant directing
    Anna Novotná Pešková


    In 2024, the Dresdner Festspielorchester and Concerto Köln, conducted by Kent Nagano, will perform Die Walküre in European cities boasting an illustrious Wagner tradition. Their tour will commence on 9 March in Prague, which in the second half of the 19th century became of the major Wagner centres, outdoing even Leipzig, Dresden and Berlin. The cult of Wagner was particularly nurtured by the legendary Neues deutsches Theater (NDT, today the State Opera) director Angelo Neumann, an ardent admirer and friend of Wagner, who chose Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for the theatre’s festive inauguration, on 5 January 1888. Richard Wagner’s operas dominated the NDT repertoire throughout its half-century history, with the complete Der Ring des Nibelungen having been given regular performances. Wagner granted Neumann the right to perform the cycle, and Prague productions of the Ring were thus actually authentic interpretations authorised by the composer. Die Walküre was first presented in Bohemia on 20 December 1885, at the Estates Theatre in Prague by Gustav Mahler. The NDT staged the opera on 12 December 1888, a mere month after its opening. Of all the four parts of the cycle, Die Walküre was performed most frequently at the theatre, also in the form of stand-alone Acts. The most recent such event in Prague was the performance of Act 1 on 16 November 2017 at Forum Karlín by the State Opera Orchestra, conducted by Andreas Sebastian Weiser and featuring Andreas Schager in the role of Siegmund.


    Practical information

    Where to buy tickets

    The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. We are currently selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika taking place in March-August 2024.

    When purchasing online, you can get an e-ticket. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

    What to wear?

    By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

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    While visiting the State Opera, you can take the slip road on Wilsonova street from the left lane close to the State Opera building to the Parking Centrum above-ground garage. The parking fee is 40 CZK/h.

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