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Saturday, October 20, 2018 Permalink

At The Opera, Wagner: Siegfried, October 20, 2018


Siegfried  is the third of the four music dramas that constitute Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), by Richard Wagner. It premiered at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus on August 16, 1876, as part of the first complete performance of The Ring cycle.

Elements of the plot of Siegfried come from a variety of sources.

In a letter to Uhlig, Wagner recounted The Story of the Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was, based on a fairy-tale of the Brothers Grimm. It concerns a boy so stupid he had never learned to be afraid. Wagner wrote that the boy and Siegfried are the same character. The boy is taught to fear by his wife, and Siegfried learns it when he discovers the sleeping Brünnhilde.

Siegfried's ability in Act Two to see through Mime's deceitful words seems to have been derived from a 19th-century street theatre version of the story of Faust.

Some elements of the story are derived from legends of Sigurd, notably the Völsunga saga and the Thidrekssaga. Scene 1 of Act 3 (between The Wanderer and Erda) has a parallel in the Eddic poem Baldrs draumar, in which Odin questions a völva about the future of the gods.



Siegfried – Lauritz Melchior

Brunnhilde – Kirsten Flagstad

Wanderer – Friedrich Schorr

The Metropolitan Opera

Artur Bodasnzky – conductor

Recorded live January 30, 1937



8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Wagner: Die WalkÃ1/4re (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: The Ride of the Valkyries BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Wagner
London/Decca 4758366
8:14 p.m.
Wagner: Siegfried (Live at the MET 1938) BUY MET Kirsten Flagstad

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