San Francisco Opera on Classical 91.5- Wagner's "Siegfried"

San Francisco Opera on Classical 91.5- Wagner's "Siegfried"

Sat, 10/08/2011 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

via Opera War Horses

Sung in German, this audio recording of Siegfried delivers a powerful experience

Classical 91.5/FM-HD 91.5-1 presents the San Francisco Opera's arrangement of Richard Wagner's Siegfried, on Saturday, October 8 at 1 p.m. The third part to their Summer 2011 Ring Cycle, the San Francisco Opera brings a coming-of-age story in which a fearless young hero discovers his destiny.

London's Financial Times called soprano Nina Stemme "a Brünnhilde of tremendous subtlety and intensity, building her musical lines with calm intelligence." "A veteran of the country's major opera houses," tenor Jay Hunter Morris sings the role of Siegfried "easily and fervently" (San Francisco Chronicle).

Francesca Zambello's "eerily resonant" production (The New York Times), which evokes a natural world ravaged by greed and neglect, is "one of the best Siegfrieds I've ever experienced," raved the Washington Post. A "sensitive interpretation that, far from imposing an artificial concept on Wagner's work, delivered new insight into the characters."

A new production to the San Francisco Opera, this performance of Siegfried was co-produced by the Washington National Opera.

The Story:

A generation has passed. Siegmund and Sieglinde’s son Siegfried has been raised by Alberich’s sly brother Mime. Mime hopes to gain the ring from the giant Fafner, now turned into a dragon, and sends Siegfried to slay him. Now the owner of the ring, Siegfried kills the treacherous Mime and sets out to find the mysterious sleeping woman described to him by a forest bird. As a test of Siegfried’s courage, the Wanderer (Wotan) tries to bar the way. Siegfried breaks the god’s powerful spear and braves the circle of fire to awaken Brünnhilde. The two fall ecstatically in love.