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National Opera updates classic 'Die WalkÂre'

A busty, helmet-clad warrior maiden, blond braids swinging behind her, belts the Valkyrie battle cry. This seminal scene, repeated in Bugs Bunny cartoons and throughout popular culture, occurs near the climax of Richard Wagner's epic opera, "Die Walkre." The Washington National Opera's new production, in conjunction with the San Francisco Opera, the second of four operas in Wagner's "Ring" cycle, takes a brave new look at the classic German tale.

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