Detroit Opera combines real and virtual in ‘The Valkyries’ – Press and Guide

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You’ve never seen an opera staged like Detroit Opera’s “The Valkyries.”

Directed by the company’s artistic director, Yuval Sharon, the Act III adaptation of Richard Wagner’s “Die Walkure” combines live performances – including motorbikes on stage – and pre-recorded 3D animation to create a new immersive imagination of the room. It premiered July 17 at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Times hailed it as “the story of live-action animated opera,” blending traditional and futuristic elements while remaining “absolutely traditional Wagner”. Students from the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit worked on some of the animation for the production.

“The Valkyries” is Sharon’s third combination of live and pre-recorded elements, including Los Angeles Opera’s “Ring” and German Opera Karlsruhe’s “Walklure”. “’The Valkyries’… makes you think about the current state of opera in the digital age,” says Sharon. “The latest and greatest technology at our fingertips has made it possible to create a 3D environment beyond the limits of a conventional theatre.”

Witness it for yourself when “The Valkyries” is performed at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 17 and September 20 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 18 at the Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St. 313-237-7464 or detroitopera .org.

“The Valkyries” mixes live performances – including on-stage motorbikes – and pre-recorded 3D animation to create a new immersive fantasy of the play. (Photo courtesy of Detroit Opera)