Ovations in Beijing for the Walküre production of the Salzburg Easter Festival
There was tumultuous applause for Die Walküre, which the Beijing Music Festival was showing in a co-production with the Salzburg Easter Festival. In the sold-out Poly Theatre in Beijing, the opening performance on 24 October was greeted with enthusiastic cheers. The Salzburg sets have been adjusted to suit the dimensions of the Poly Theatre. The cast was in part the same as in Salzburg, but there were new faces too.
Michaela Kaune, who deputised as Sieglinde in the Salzburg production, gave an equally convincing, highly expressive performance here, especially in tandem with her new Siegmund, Stuart Skelton. Andrii Goniukov as Hunding adapted perfectly to this production, which was supervised on the spot by its director Vera Nemirova. And Vitalij Kowaljow, who enjoyed great success in Salzburg, again offered a powerfully eloquent interpretation of Wotan, both vocally and dramatically. The production had both a new Brünnhilde in Christiane Libor, and a new Fricka, sung by Mihoko Fujimura. Five of the eight Valkyries had already sung in Salzburg. The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra played under the baton of Jaap van Zweden.
The presence of the Salzburg Easter Festival in China with the Walküre production was a welcome opportunity to to enhance cultural exchange between Austria and China, and to better acquaint a potential Chinese audience with the Easter Festival itself. On 23 October, the Austrian Embassy in Beijing, together with the Salzburg Easter Festival, invited guests and partners from the worlds of business, culture, tourism and the media to a joint reception to inform them about the Salzburg Easter Festival and about its 2018 programme.
Please find photos from the Walküre and from the reception on our Facebook page.