Saturday 22nd June, 4:30pm
Annalena Persson Brünnhilde
Mati Turi Siegfried
Richard Roberts Mime
Michael Druiett The Wanderer
Jo Pohlheim Alberich
Mats Almgren Fafner
Fflur Wyn Voice of the Forest Bird
Ceri Williams Erda
Richard Farnes conductor
Peter Mumford concert staging and lighting design
This concert has a running time of c.5 hours and 45 minutes including two intervals of 30 and 60 minutes.
Opera North’s production of Wagner’s Ring combines both visual impact and great singing and playing. In the words of The Times on Das Rheingold, ‘Farnes has done many fine things at Opera North, but his pacing of this 150-minute sweep of music, his care about balance… and the sumptuousness of the orchestral textures – all this constitutes a massive achievement.’ In the penultimate part of this great tragedy of love and power, the hero Siegfried awakens the warrior maiden Brünnhilde, lying in a deep sleep surrounded by a magic fire, and makes her his wife.
Beg, borrow or be like Wotan and steal a ticket… make sure you catch the rest of Opera North’s Ring as it unfolds over the next four years Richard Morrison, The Times
Oliver Condy, Editor of BBC Music Magazine, explains why he has recommended tonight’s concert:
Opera North have risen to the challenge of performing Wagner’s entire Ring Cycle over four years – if the first performance is anything to go by, this third instalment looks set to be as thrilling as ever.
“Siegfried: the vocal and mental challenges of Wotan” A chat with Michael Druiett – Click here for Youtube video
Review by Rupert Christiansen, Telegraph:
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… “But it’s not an easy thing to pull off, and I am breathless with admiration for Opera North, punching above its weight in producing a concert performance which any musical organisation in the world would be proud of. The evening’s chief hero is the conductor Richard Farnes, who, like the opera’s protagonist, seems to know no fear. Motivating his excellent orchestra, he trusts the music’s flow, paces it unerringly and never forces or grandstands the climaxes. This isn’t an interpretation predicated on showcasing highlights: it simply tells the story.” …
Review by Norman Stinchcombe, Birmingham Post:
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… “When Brünnhilde awoke, Annalena Persson showed how to make a goddess, realizing she has been reduced to mere mortality, believable and touching. The lovers’ increasingly ecstatic duet was a fitting climax to a thrilling performance in which there was not a single weak link. Richard Roberts’ Mime was accurately and pointedly sung, without the customary and unnecessary cackling; Michael Druiett’s Wanderer was noble, imposing and with a nice line in irony; Jo Pohlheim’s baleful Alberich sounded formidable; Ceri Williams and Mats Almgren were convincing as Erda and Fafner while Fflur Wyn’s Woodbird was sweetly sung.
Richard Farnes conducted a performance of immense power with the often dark score irradiated by shimmering subtle details. The players, from tuba to triangle, were magnificent, the strings ardent, brass louring and woodwind full of character – and hats off to the first horn!”