Siegfried (Richard Wagner)


The Ring of the Nibelung, „Second Day“

Music Drama in 3 acts
Live at the
Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar
A production of Monarda Arts/RM Arts in collaboration with Zoom Production


 

Richard Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelung” reflects the composer’s autobiography as much as the political turmoil of his times. As work progressed, another figure grew to be as important as the hero Siegfried, the god Wotan, the mouthpiece for Wagner’s ideas. “He’s exactly like us: he is the sum of today’s intellectual consciousness, whereas Siegfried is what we hope the human being of the future will be, but who cannot be fashioned by us, and who must make himself by means of our destruction!” Our own doom as the basis of a happier future? Second ‘day’ – and third part – of Richard Wagner’s ‘Ring’, the musical saga that its author spent more than a quarter of a century composing. It follows the rise of a young hero, Siegfried, the illegitimate son of the twins whose story we were told in “Die Walküre”. On the one hand, there is learning about life, glorying in nature and in the emotions, as opposed to those of calculation and greed on the other. This episode shows how Wagner was intent on changing society, on showing that a different kind of man can exist, that the mercenary petit bourgeois world can be replaced by greater humanity and freedom.

 

Available at Arthaus Musik (DVD and Blu ray)

Production

 

Producer: Torsten Bönnhoff, Erwin Stürzer
Executive Producer: Rainer Mockert
Directed for Screen by: Brooks Riley
Cameras: Sylvia Laubscher, Silvia Hoffmann, Neil Coffey, Michi Plötz, Christian Hartmann, Richard Ruck, Atul Jain, Alex Telar
Sound: Leonardo Ruschin, Walter Spring
Editor: Brooks Riley
Postproduction: Digital Images GmbH
Language: German
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
Running Time: 251 min
Picture Format: 16:9
Year of production: 2009

 

Creative Team

 

Composer: Richard Wagner
Libretto: Richard Wagner
Conductor: Carl St.Clair
Director: Michael Schulz
Set Design: Dirk Becker
Costume Design: Renée Listerdal
Dramaturgy: Wolfgang Willaschek
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Weimar

Wotan: Tomas Möwes
Erda: Nadine Weissmann
Siegfried: Johnny van Hal
Brünnhilde: Catherine Foster