Orphaned at birth, Siegfried learns his true identity and fulfills his destiny to become Brünnhilde’s savior and lover. Tenors Stefan Vinke and Andreas Schager sing the heroic title character. Christine Goerke sings Brünnhilde, and Michael Volle sings the role of the enigmatic Wanderer. Philippe Jordan conducts.
Production a gift of Ann Ziff and the Ziff Family, in memory of William Ziff
Revival a gift of Ann Ziff
In collaboration with Ex Machin
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Estimated Run Time
5 hrs 6 mins
World Premiere: Festspielhaus, Bayreuth, 1876. The third opera in Wagner’s four-part Der Ring des Nibelungen, Siegfried is the coming-of-age story of the ultimate hero and his role in the struggle for supreme power, which is embodied by the magic ring introduced in Das Rheingold. While characters from earlier parts of the saga return in Siegfried, the emphasis is clearly on the impetuous title hero who knows no fear and, eventually, on fallen warrior-goddess Brünnhilde in her mortal incarnation.
Richard Wagner (1813–1883) was the complex, controversial creator of music-drama masterpieces that stand at the center of today’s operatic repertory. Born in Leipzig, Germany, he was an artistic revolutionary who reimagined every supposition about music and theater.
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REVIVAL STAGE DIRECTORS
J. Knighten Smit, Stephen Pickover
Siegfried is set in mythological times, when gods and other creatures contend for dominion over the earth while humans are emerging as a new power.
Much of the drama of Siegfried is expressed in the orchestra: Wagner’s system of leitmotifs (characteristic themes associated with a character, object, or emotion) that was begun in Das Rheingold and elaborated in Die Walküre is taken to a new level here, as events and ideas overlap and evolve. The orchestra creates one of the most delicate and enchanting soundscapes in opera, the evocative Forest Murmurs in Act II. The preponderance of male voices throughout most of the work, including three bass roles, creates a dark and murky atmosphere appropriate to the setting of forest caves throughout the first half of the work. The title role is especially notorious, both for its sheer length and for encompassing an astonishing range of dynamics—from the heroic to the reflective to the tender and romantic.