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Wagner's twelve-year holiday from The Ring was to our immense
advantage in that it produced both Tristan and The Mastersingers.
Whether it benefited The Ring itself is more questionable. In this
production it has certainly left Andrea Bönig's Erda in an embarrassing
tangle. It is as if the Norns have already given up the struggle to sort the
skein of fate and thrown the whole thing on to the hapless Erda. But how
gloriously the Wanderer tempts her to face another day with all its conundrums
[watch -- 'Wache, Wala! Wala! Erwach!',
DVD3 track 2, 0:00-1:24].
She is, however, too obviously cabin'd and confin'd to contemplate anything
John Treleaven (Siegfried) and Deborah Polaski (Brünnhilde) in Act 3 of Wagner's 'Siegfried'. © 2005 Opus Arte
The final scene of Act 3, when Siegfried has worsted the Wanderer, and won
through the flames to discover that Brünnhilde is not a man, is perhaps
the most controversial in The Ring. I am most grateful to conductor and
orchestra for letting the actual end bowl along sufficiently briskly to obviate
what can be so often mere bombast. Meanwhile the Brünnhilde of Deborah
Polaski negotiates with fine dramatic skill the lengthy transition from
Valkyriedom to humanity. Wagner was of course self-indulgent to include music
that was later to be part of the domestic Siegfried Idyll in honour of
Cosima; but when it is sung as beautifully as here, one is humbly grateful
[listen -- 'Ewig war ich, ewig bin ich',
DVD3 track 14, 0:00-1:06].
Copyright © 6 July 2005
Robert Anderson, London UK
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John Treleaven, Siegfried; Graham Clark, Mime; Falk Struckmann, Der Wanderer; Günter von Kannen, Alberich; Eric Halfvarson, Fafner; Andrea Bönig, Erda; Deborah Polaski, Brünnhilde; Cristina Obregón, Der Waldvogel
Harry Kupfer, stage director; Hans Schavernoch, sets; Reinhard Heinrich, costumes; Manfred Voss, lighting; Guerassim Voronkov, assistant musical director; Derek Gimpel, Katharina Lang, Enrico de Feo, assistant stage directors; Beatrix Lorber, assistant set design; Diego Leetz, assistant lighting; Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu; Bertrand de Billy, musical director
Richard Wagner (1813-1883): Siegfried (1876) (Day 2 of 'Der Ring des Nibelungen'), opera in three acts, libretto by the composer. Recorded live at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona. Original production from Deutsche Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin. Extra features: cast gallery; illustrated synopsis