Wagner’s Die Walküre, Secret Opera

Secret Opera’s Die Walküre at King’s College Chapel on the Strand was already the subject of some anticipation from all who had seen their reasonably successful Das Rheingold the week before; but this performance exceeded even my own hopes, with a superb pair of star-crossed lovers, a wonderfully sung Wotan (voiced last-minute from the wings…

Wagner, Das Rheingold, Secret Opera

In King’s College’s highly-wrought, painted and gilded chapel, almost fine enough to be an antechamber of Valhalla itself, Secret Opera’s Das Rheingold opened with a truly magical evocation of the river Rhine. The whole cast formed a stately procession up the aisle to the sanctuary, carrying blue helium balloons whose long ribbons were coiled carefully…