Wagner’s Ring: Siegfried

Part of Birmingham International Concert Season 2012/13… more events…

Part of Entertaining Erdington… more events…

Saturday 22nd June, 4:30pm

Symphony Hall

Opera North

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

Wagner   Siegfried 255’

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.

Click here to watch a video by Opera North around the rehearsal and performance of the previous installment of The Ring, Die Walküre.

Read an introduction to the music of Siegfried by Andrew Fairley.

www.thsh.co.uk

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“Siegfried: the vocal and mental challenges of Wotan” A chat with Michael Druiett – Click here for Youtube video

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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.”     …

5 5 out of 5 stars*****

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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!”   

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