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Wagner Siegfried

The 26 September 2019
Staatsoper Unter den Linden - Berlin
Program

Wagner : Siegfried

Cast
  • Conductor
    Daniel Barenboim
  • Director
    Guy Cassiers
  • Performers
    Siegfried: Andreas Schager (Tenor)
    Brünnhilde: Iréne Theorin (Soprano)
    Wanderer: Michael Volle
    Mime: Stephan Rügamer (Tenor)
    Erda: Anna Larsson (Contralto)
    Alberich: Jochen Schmeckenbecher (Baryton)
    Fafner: Falk Struckmann (Basse)
    Waldvogel: Serena Saenz
  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Staatsoper Unter den Linden - Berlin Location Unter den Linden 7 - 10117 Berlin Allemagne

The Venue's History in few words …

When the opera house situated on the Lindenallee was inaugurated in 1742, Frederick the Great intended to turn it into the cultural symbol of his ideal capital, the hub of the "Forum Fridericianum." This "enchanted palace," as the enlightened despot called it, is one of the rare vestiges of the old city still visible today, and a large part of German musics cultural heritage is contained within its walls. The Berlin Staatskapelle, for example, the orchestra connected with the opera, was founded in 1570 and the list of its permanent conductors includes names such as those of Meyerbeer, Mendelssohn, Richard Strauss, Furtwangler, Klemperer and Karajan! During the 19th century, the Berlin Opera remained a royal opera, where Weber's FREISCHUTZ was premiered. The activities of the Berlin Staatskapelle developed under Spontini's responsability, the first "Preussischer Generalmusikdirektor," ever appointed. This goes to show the importance of the ensemble in German musical life at that time, an importance which constantly grew, especially after the "Sinfonie-Soireen" were created in 1842, open to the public by subscription.

 

In 1919, the Royal Opera became a state opera, and played an active role in the exhuberant artistic activity that rocked Germany during the twenties: Erich Kleiber presented Berg's WOZZECK and popular harmonies of composers such as Kurt Weill resounded in this shrine of the lyrical repertoire, until Nazism cut short a period of intense creativity. During the war, Karajan forged his reputation in the theatre, until bombs destroyed the building, partially in 1941, and completely in 1945.

 

Because of its geographical situation, the Staatsoper became, in 1949, the Opera of East Berlin. In 1955, the East German administration reinstalled the company in its illustrious hall, rebuilt along the original plans, and one could soon applaud singers such as Peter Schreier and Theo Adam on its stage, musicians who helped create a truly Eastern German singing tradition.

 

Since the German reunification, the institution has been completely reorganized, especially under the impetus of Daniel Barenboim, who became its General Music Director in 1992. Proud of its impressive history, the present day Opera Unter den Linden hardly neglects its baroque beginnings, and it henceforth counts amongst those that most often produce pre-Mozartian lyrical works, such as CLEOPATRA E CESARE by Graun which opened the Opera's first season in 1742. But the house also commissions works by Pierre Boulez, while defending the traditional repertoire, in which Wagner occupies a large place. By thus juxtaposing tradition and innovation, the Opera Unter den Linden has become one of the institutions most representative of Berlin's new dynamism.

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Synopsis

Siegfried

SIEGFRIED, AN INCREDIBLE OPERA

As the third of four installments of Der Ring des Nibelungen, Siegfried is an opera inspired by the tale of the legendary Norse hero Sigurd. Created by Richard Wagner, the Opera premiered on 16th August 1876 at Bayreuth Festspielhaus as a segment of the initial complete performance of The Ring.

The Opera opens with a young orphan fearless boy who is expressing his desire to learn fear. His foster father advises him that the wise learn fear quickly. Eventually the boy is taught fear by his future wife and learns it when he discovers the slumbering Brunnhilde.

HISTORY

The Opera is part of the operatic tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen (Ring of the Nibelung). The creation of the text occurred between 1848 and 1853 when the four parts of The Ring were printed privately. The names of the remaining two Ring operas were not established until 1856. The composition of the tetralogy consumed Wagner for almost a quarter century.

Act 1

Nibelung dwarf Mime, the brother of Alberich, begins the Opera in a cave where he is fashioning a new sword. He has nurtured a human foster boy named Siegfried to kill a dragon, Fafner, who protects the ring. The boy requires a sword to kill the dragon but has broken all that have been created. The boy returns to the cave for a new sword and immediately breaks it. When demanding a new sword, Nibelung explains that he cannot create one. After the boy departs, The Wanderer tells Nibelung that only the boy can forge the sword.

Act 2

The Wanderer arrives at the entrance to the dragon's cave were Alberich is keeping watch. At dawn, the boy and Mime arrive where he lures the dragon out. The boy stabs the dragon in the heart and takes the ring and other treasure. Mime offers the boy a poisoned drink but the boy can read his thoughts and stabs him to death. The boy moves the two corpses to block the entrance to the cave.

Act 3

The Wanderer appears and summons the Earth goddess Erda who cannot offer advice. The Wanderer tells her that he does not fear the end of the gods and that his heritage will be left to the boy. He arrives and the Wanderer questions the boy who answers insolently. He attempts to move down the path to Brunnhilde's rock but is blocked by the Wanderer. The boy easily passes and emerges on Brunnhilde's rock. He sees an armored being which turns out to be a woman. He instantly gains fear as this is the first woman he has ever seen.

MAIN ROLES

Siegfried, the fearless boy, tenor
Mime, the foster father, tenor
The Wanderer, brass-baritone
Alberich, baritone
Fafner, bass
Waldvogel, the woodbird, soprano

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