SIGLINDE: Kimberly Buczek (Soprano)

Kimberly holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from CCM, and serves on the voice faculty at both Wright State University and Wittenberg University. While at CCM, Dr. Buczek performed Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Diana in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Ariadne in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, as well as Tatiana in the final scene from Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, which you can hear by clicking here.

SIEGMUND: Ric Furman (Heldentenor)

A proud alumnus of CCM, Ric was recently named one of only 8 finalists for the International Wagner Competition scheduled for August 7th 2014. Ric sang the role of Froh in Seattle Opera's recent Ring Cycle, which you can hear by clicking here.

He has also sung Florestan in Beethoven's Fidelio in Seattle, Naraboth in Strauss' Salome in Portland, the title role in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito with the Opera Company of Brookyln, and Don José in Carmen with Springfield Regional Opera. Next week he will be singing the role of Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with Virginia Opera.

HUNDING: William Tvrdik (Bass)

Will recently sang the role of Archibaldo in our production of Montemezzi's L'amore dei tre re. You can hear his stage-shaking low notes by clicking here.

Will is currently completing an Artist Diploma at CCM, where he sang the title role in Don Pasquale in April 2014. He has also appeared in Il Mondo della Luna with Cincinnati Chamber Opera, and La Cenerentola and Il Barbiere di Siviglia at CCM. He has sung Sciarrone in Tosca with Sacramento Opera and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with Bay Area Summer Opera Theater. Will joins Utah Opera as a resident artist in fall of 2014.


Scene: Hunding’s hut

Scene 1: During a fierce thunderstorm, Siegmund is fleeing a horde of enemies. He seeks refuge in a hut he finds. Exhausted, he collapses on the hearth. Sieglinde discovers him and offers him water and mead. She reveals that both she and the hut belong to Hunding, who will return home soon. As an attraction develops between them, Siegmund tries to leave in order to protect her from the curse that follows him. She urges him to stay, since she already suffers so much living with Hunding that his curse could not make the situation any worse. He agrees to stay and wait for Hunding.


Scene 2: An austere hunting call announces Hunding’s arrival home. He enters in full battle gear and questions Siegliende about the stranger in his house. She explains that she found Siegmund lying on the hearth and gave him some water. Siegmund defends her and challenges Hunding to punish her for her kindness. Hunding backs down and reluctantly grants Siegmund the sacred, inviolable hospitality of his house. He commands Sieglinde to prepare food for them and questions Siegmund about his identity. Siegmund is at first reluctant, but at Sieglinde’s prodding he reveals that he calls himself “Wehwalt” (achiever of woes) because he has suffered greatly. He recounts how his father “Wolfe” (actually Wotan, god of oaths, in disguise under the name “Wälse), raised him and his twin sister. One day, when he was out hunting with Wolfe, the Neiding clan sacked their house, killing his mother and kidnapping his twin sister. He and his father fought the Neiding clan for years until his father suddenly vanished, leaving him alone with only a wolf’s pelt.

Sieglinde asks how he arrived in his present condition without weapons. Siegmund recounts how a young woman called upon him to defend her when her relatives tried to force her into a loveless marriage. He killed the wedding party, but the young woman would not flee and instead stayed put to mourn her brothers. As more relatives arrived to avenge the fallen, Siegmund fought them until they disarmed him and killed the young woman. He then fled into the thunderstorm until he arrived at Hunding’s hut.

Hunding reveals that he was among Siegmund’s pursuers. As his offer of hospitality is sacred and inviolable, he must allow Siegmund to stay for the night, but he challenges him to battle in the morning. As Siegmund is unarmed, Hunding mocks him as being unprepared for battle. Hunding commands Sieglinde to prepare his night drink and to wait for him in bed.

Scene 3: Alone in the hall, Siegmund laments his fate and recalls a promise that his father Wälse made to him: that he would find a mighty sword in an hour of need. He notices a light shining on the ash tree in the middle of the hall and recalls the love that he quickly developed for Sieglinde. She returns to inform him that she has drugged Hunding into a deep sleep so that he can escape. She then reveals to him a sword stuck in the ash tree. She recounts that on the day she was forced to marry Hunding, an old man came to the wedding uninvited, dressed in grey with a hat covering one of his eyes. She immediately identified him as Wälse, and he stuck a powerful sword into the ash tree. None of the guests were able to withdraw the sword. They proclaim their love for one another, and Siegmund easily withdraws the sword, confirming that they are in fact both the children of Wälse.


ArtsWave, CCM/ArtsWave community partnership, UC Honors program, Dr. Paule Asche, Allen Barnard, Judy Brody, Dr. Bob and Suzanne Hasl, Dolores Kim, Jerry and Nancy Kline, Yaron Luk-Zilberman, Vicky Mary, William Needelman, Marilyn Z. Ott, Dr. Barbara Ramusack, Saenger Family Foundation, Andrew Sharkey

Richard Wagner: Die Walküre, Act I

Conductor: Isaac Selya

Assistant Conductor: Jesse Leong

Stage Director and Set Designer: James Slouffman

Scenic Engineer: Daniel Mazzone

Costume Design: Joy Galbraith

Lighting Design: Sally Stewart

Lighting Assistant: Larry Csernik

Production Photographer: Anna Jekel

Supertitle Projectionist: Don Hurd

Production Assistant: Alex Magg

English translation: Isaac Selya

Graphic Design: Marin Leong