Occasional musings, Geistesblitze, photos, drawings etc. by a "resident alien", who has landed on American soil from a far-away planet called "Germany".

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Wagner Heralds the Arrival of May

If April is the cruellest month, May is the loveliest, at least for those who— like my wife and I—were born in it. This is how Siegmund rapturously celebrates its onset (and his re-unification with his twin sister, Sieglinde) in the first act of Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), the second opera in Wagner's Ring Cycle:
Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond.
In mildem Lichte leuchtet der Lenz...


Winter storms gave way to the Month of Joy.
Spring glows in a soft light...
The link I'm giving above is to a concert version—I didn't like the staged versions I found on YouTube because I did not like the staging (or the tenor's knödeln—seeming to press and sing through his nose). Instead, I show below part of the panel depicting the scene in P. Craig Russell's graphic retelling of the opera.


[Source: P. Craig Russell, The Ring of the Nibelung, Volume One, 2002. © P. Craig Russell. Used by permission]

3 comments:

fikink said...

Thanks for this, Ulrich. Happy May Day to you two, too.

Heika said...

What a lovely and inventive way to begin the month of May, but where's our word of the month?

Ulrich said...

@fikink and Heika: Thank you! As to the WoM, it's coming--I just have to make up my mind...