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THE LONDON OPERA COMPANY

Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre

3pm, Saturday 3rd July 2021

St John’s Church, Waterloo, London

Concert performance in 3 acts.

New chamber version for two pianos and percussion.

Sung in German with English surtitles. 

 
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ABOUT THE LONDON OPERA COMPANY

The London Opera Company formed in the summer 2020 to give fellow musicians and international opera singers who had lost their work to the Covid pandemic the opportunity to keep performing and to give music lovers a first class treat after a summer devoid of live concerts.


In October 2020, the LOC gave its inaugural performance: a sold-out and rapturously received chamber concert of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at The Warehouse, London. 

Opera magazine said, of this performance, 'Not only was there no weak link in the cast; strength of ensemble and dramatic interaction rendered it considerably more than the sum of its parts...Above all, this was an accomplished and moving company debut.'

Peter Selwyn will be Music Director for this project, and together with Kelvin Lim, he will be arranging a version of the opera

for two pianos and percussion. 

Having assisted on productions of Die Walküre at Bayreuth and Covent Garden,

and having also conducted the Jonathan Dove reduction, Peter is now excited by the challenge of conveying the essence

of Wagner’s powerful and beautiful score on two pianos. Born of the necessity in Covid times of keeping orchestral forces small, the large orchestral moments such as the ‘Ride of the Walkyries’ and ‘Magic Fire’ music are ideally suited to 4-handed treatment, and the use of percussion will

both forcefully and subtly, add to the range of colours.


Cast:

SIEGMUND – BRIAN SMITH WALTERS

SIEGLINDE - GWENETH-ANN RAND

HUNDING – SIMON WILDING

WOTAN – SIMON THORPE

BRÜNNHILDE – CARA MCHARDY

FRICKA – HARRIET WILLIAMS 

GERHILDE – JAQUELINE VARSEY

ORTLINDE – PHILIPPA BOYLE

HELMWIGE – NATASHA JOUHL

WALTRAUTE – SARAH PRING

SIEGRUNE – CAROLYN DOBBIN

ROSSWEISSE - TBC

GRIMGERDE – KATHERINE TAYLOR-JONES 

SCHWERTLEITE – RHONDA BROWNE

 
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CONTACT AND TICKETS

Please email to reserve tickets at: thelondonoperacompany@gmail.com

and we will send you our payment link. 

Donations are also welcome through this official PayPal link:

https://paypal.me/pools/c/8u5Hsf1jj7

During this time of social distancing, we ask that before payment is made that you email us to tell us how many seats per cluster.

The venue has flexible seating, allowing for a socially-distant audience. 

Maximum 90 tickets available

£30 per ticket

Drinks available during intervals 

www.stjohnswaterloo.org

78 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TY

 
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