Met Opera on Demand Catalog
(Jan. 30, 1937)
Composer: Richard Wagner
Librettist: Richard Wagner
Bodanzky; Melchior, Flagstad, Schorr, Laufkötter, Habich
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 23 min.
This is one of the legendary performances from the Met’s vast archive of historic broadcasts. The incomparable Lauritz Melchior stars in the title role of the young hero who sets out to explore the world—killing the fierce dragon Fafner (Eduard Habich) and the evil dwarf Mime (Karl Laufkötter) along the way. When Wotan (the great Friedrich Schorr) tries to stop him, Siegfried uses his sword to break the god’s spear and makes his way to the sleeping Brünnhilde (a radiant Kirsten Flagstad). He awakens her with a kiss—and sets in motion the events that, in the following opera, will bring about the end of the world. Kerstin Thorborg co-stars as Erda and Artur Bodanzky conducts.