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The Salzburg Easter Festival’s Die Walküre is a rehash of Günther Schneider-Siemssen’s 1967 production, rebuilt and then restaged by Vera Nerimova to celebrate the Festival’s 50th anniversary – and, on the whole, what a dull thing it is. The sets are grand but dated (though the circular walkway works effectively), the costumes are positively antediluvian and Nemirova has no apparent stance on the drama. Christian Thielemann’s conducting tends to the Rolls Royce: grand and smooth. Vitalij Kowaljow’s Wotan is sung with ease but offers scant personality. Likewise the Valkyries, who sound stunning and well-matched but stand in a line. Peter Seiffert’s Siegmund is a noble attempt, but caught 10 years too late, his cries of ‘Wälse’ flapping like a flag. It’s left to Anja Kampe’s Brünnhilde and Anja Harteros’ Sieglinde to provide any drama – both are theatrically vivid and vocally exciting, but have little to react against. Likewise Christa Mayer’s Fricka and Georg Zeppenfeld’s Hunding, excellent but working in a vacuum.

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