johnleiser

Siegfried@ The Met

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2009 at 1:51 pm
  1. When the curtain came down on this LONG  opera, I told my neighbor that this was the best Siegfried that I have seen, in a series of good Siegfrieds. On the bus ride home there was some disagreement and it made me think hard about my instant review. It stands!!! Christain Franz made the day. He looked and acted like Siegfried and made the story flow as it should. This must be what Wagner had in mind when he conceived the story flow. Mime, Robert Brubaker, was a great foil. He tormented Siegfried as much as Siegfried tormented him, as he pushed Siegfried to kill Fafner. The sword scene; with Mime making the poison as Siegfried made the sword was an amazing set piece. We all hated Albrect,trying to steal his ring back and the Wanderer, James Morris, push the evil characters with the right mixture of cunning and helplessness. Siegfried breaks Wotan’s staff, and signals the end of the gods’ domination of the world and sets in motion the wonderful duet, the first in the cycle, that brings Siegfried and Brunnhilde, Irene Theorin, together for the final journey to the twilight of the gods. See you next week.
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