Wagner: Siegfried (2-DVD) – Clay Hilley, Nina Stemme

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Wagner: Siegfried (2-DVD) – Clay Hilley, Nina Stemme

Composer: Richard Wagner
Artists: Clay Hilley, Nina Stemme, Iain Paterson, Ya-Chung Huang, Jordan Shanahan, Tobias Kehrer, Judit Kutasi, Sebastian Scherer, Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Conductor: Sir Donald Runnicles
Director: Stefan Herheim
Video Format: NTSC 16:9
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Regions: All Regions
Language: German
Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean
Number of Discs: 2
Studio: Naxos
Release Date: April 12, 2024
Run Time: 4 hours 1 minute

Siegfried is the third opera in Wagner’s epic tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen (“The Ring of the Nibelung”). Siegfried, raised by the evil dwarf Mime, discovers that he is the son of Siegmund and Sieglinde. He must negotiate betrayals and dangers in a landscape of dragons and magic in order to kill Fafner, who has the Ring, as well as Mime, who has designs on it. Finally, in music of resplendent drama, Siegfried, the hero who knows no fear, can penetrate the ring of fire to awaken the sleeping Valkyrie, Brünnhilde. Sir Donald Runnicles conducts an internationally acclaimed cast in this innovative new production by Norwegian director Stefan Herheim.



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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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