Badisches Staatstheater, Karlsruhe, Germany
Opera by Richard Wagner
Direction by Yuval Sharon
Music Direction by Justin Brown
Set Design by Sebastian Hannak
Projection Design by Jason H. Thompson
Costume Design by Sarah Rolke
For the Karlsruhe Ring, four different directors presented diverging points of view on the cycle. For Walküre, Sharon created three worlds: the claustrophobic, linear world of the humans Siegmund and Sieglinde, an interminable corridor of doors leading into illusory realms; an endless moving stairway, where Wotan and the gods appear to continually climb upwards to glory without moving anywhere; and the rough, barren mountaintop where a snowstorm rages, and where Brünnhilde is frozen in an ice coffin to await Siegfried.