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ESO bringing Valkyrie to Swan

Rob George 5th Feb, 2019

CLASSICAL music lovers across Worcester will have a rare chance to hear some of the grandest music ever written when the English Symphony Orchestra perform act one of Wagner’s opera The Valkyrie at the Swan Theatre.

Considered by many to be the most perfect act in all of opera, act one of The Valkyrie opens the second part of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle and tells the story of the arrival of a mysterious stranger in a house haunted by tragedy and violence.

Under the baton of Kenneth Woods, American mezzo-soprano Stacey Rishoi, tenor Brennen Guillory and ESO associate artist Matthew Sharp will take to the stage next Saturday (February 16) at 7.30pm.

The complete Ring Cycle, originally intended to be played over four nights, contains well over sixteen hours of music and were written for an orchestra of more than 100 musicians.

In its complete form, The Valkyrie is an opera of nearly four hours duration which forms part two of the Ring Cycle.

The ESO is the official orchestra of the City of Worcester and the Orchestra in Residence of the Elgar Festival and resident orchestra of Worcester Live.

Tickets are available online at or from the Box Office on 01905 611427

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