Wagner: Siegfried (2-Blu-Ray) – Staatskapelle Weimar

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Wagner: Siegfried (2-Blu-Ray) – Staatskapelle Weimar

Composer: Richard Wagner
Artists: Johnny van Hall, Frieder Aurich, Tomas Möwes, Mario Hoff, Hidekazu Tsumaya, Catherine Foster, Nadine Weissman, Staatskapelle Weimar
Conductor: Carl St. Clair
Directors: Michael Schulz
Format: NTSC
Language: German
Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of Discs: 2
Studio: Arthaus
DVD Release Date: July 28, 2009
Run Time: 251 minutes

Siegfried comprises the second “day” and third part of Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle, the musical saga that its writer spent more than a quarter of a century composing. It follows the rise of a young hero, Siegfried, the illegitimate son of the twins whose story we were told in Die Walküre. This episode shows how Wagner was intent on changing society, on showing that a different kind of man can exist, that the mercenary petit bourgeois world can be replaced by greater humanity and freedom.

“Michael Schulz has staged a Siegfried in which careful attention to detail and grand-scale gestures are perfectly complemented by an abundance of fascinating ideas.” (Opernglas)

“A brilliant achievement.” (Frankfurter Rundschau)

 

History

Siegfried

Siegfried, composed between 1858-1871, is Richard Wagner’s third installment of the Ring Cycle. The four operas in the series include
Das Rheingold (The Rhinegold), Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), Siegfried and Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods).

It is the coming-of- age story of the ultimate hero and his role in the struggle for supreme power. The title role is especially daunting. He is portrayed as an impetuous teenager who knows no fear, and his vocal lines encompass a vast musical range—from heroic to reflective to tender and romantic.

This three-act epic is set in mythological times, when gods and other creatures contend for dominion over the earth.

Orphaned at birth, Siegfried learns his true identity and fulfills his destiny to repair the Nothung sword, kill the dragon and eventually jump through a circle of fire to become Brünnhilde’s savior and lover.

Siegfried’s role is one of the most difficult in opera for a tenor as he sings for almost four hours within a wide range of dynamics, from the heroic to the reflective to the romantic.

The Met’s production of Siegfried in its 2018–19 season featured minimal otherworldly landscapes with digital imagery to achieve a modern visual interpretation of the composer’s masterpiece.

 It premiered at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus on August 16, 1876, as part of the first complete performance of The Ring Cycle.

The Met’s landmark production, directed by Robert Lepage, premiered over the course of the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons. The DVD release of its Live in HD presentation won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording.

 

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