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Siegfried (Der Ring des Nibelungen)

Richard Wagner

Second day, in three act

Teatro alla Scala Production
In coproduction with Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin
In collaboration with Toneelhuis, Antwerp

20, 27 June

Running Time: 5 hours 20 minutes intermissions included

Sung in German with electronic libretto in Italian, English, German

Notes on the performancesOpen 
It is the story of the fearless foundling, initiated into life with primogenital force. It is the apprenticeship of the young barbarian of divine stock who forges swords, takes on dragons, overcomes walls of fire, enters into communion with the mysteries of nature, frees himself of his sly tutor and ends up experiencing the frisson of love: a heroic parable, an exemplary metaphor, an extreme invention based on the instinct of unbridled youth. The shadows of the forest provide the backdrop for his gestures carried out as a tall, strong, handsome and brave male, in a world of little monsters such as the dwarves Mime and Alberich, whose intrigues he avoids, managing to disarm the Wayfarer-Wotan, from whom he emancipates himself in a Nietzschian rebellion against God. This Siegfried is out of the ordinary: he has no fear of the poisonous saliva of the dragon Fafner, nor of the deathly blows of the enormous whip of its tail. Yet he trembles almost to the point of fainting when he makes out the breasts of Brünnhilde, the Valkyrie who is demoted to the status of woman, and who will later become his companion.

Psychoanalysts have uncovered much interesting material worth studying in Wagner’s characters: Brünnhilde was Siegfried's aunt, Wotan his grandfather.

Direction 

Conductor
Daniel Barenboim
Staging and sets
Guy Cassiers
Sets and lights
Enrico Bagnoli
Costumes
Tim Van Steenbergen
Video
Arjen Klerkx e Kurt D’Haeseleer
Choreography
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Dramaturgy
Michael P. Steinberg e Erwin Jans

CAST 

Siegfried
Lance Ryan
Mime
Peter Bronder
Der Wanderer
Terje Stensvold
Alberich
Johannes Martin Kränzle
Fafner
Alexander Tsymbalyuk
Erda
Anna Larsson
Brünnhilde
Iréne Theorin
Stimme des Waldvogels
Mari Eriksmoen
With the support of
Banca del Monte
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