Karina Canellakis To Lead the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in Act One of ‘Die Walküre’

By Sebastian Turgeon

Credit: Mathias Bothor

American conductor Karina Canellakis will lead the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert version of the first act of Richard Wagner’s “Die Walküre.” Last year, Canellakis conducted the Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm and more recently she became the first woman conductor to lead the opening night of the BBC Proms.

Canellakis will be surrounded by a first-rate cast. Australian tenor Stuart Skelton will sing the role of Siegmund. Skelton is a well-known heldentenor who has appeared around the world in Wagnerian roles. American soprano Heidi Melton will sing Sieglinde while Estonian Bass Ain Anger will take on the role of Hunding, a role he will also sing in Amsterdam, Madrid, and Vienna during the 2019-20 season.

The concert will also include Beethoven’s “Egmont” Overture and the excerpt “Scène d’amour” from “Romeo and Juliet” by Hector Berlioz.

Performances are scheduled for October 3 and 5, 2019, at Stockholm’s Konserthuset.