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Wagner described his SIEGFRIED as a "heroic comedy" which, in its balance between comic and tragic elements, remains the challenge for its directors to this day. For Herheim, it is the act of the play that joins the opposites into a whole. The boundaries between animal and human become as blurred as those between the characters and their creator.


  • Conductor: Nicholas Carter [Cycle 1] / Sir Donald Runnicles;
  • Director: Stefan Herheim;
  • With Clay Hilley, Ya-Chung Huang, Iain Paterson, Jordan Shanahan, Tobias Kehrer, Lindsay Ammann, Elisabeth Teige et al.

The two middle sections of the tetralogy set out two ways of experiencing life. On the one hand we are presented in THE VALKYRIE with Brünnhilde, whose maturation process takes her from her discovery of sorrow and empathy to a conscious reflection on what it is to be human. By contrast, Siegfried’s path is mapped out solely as a function of his sensory experience. Where initially the young man’s self-image stems only from his exploration of his own boundless strength, other senses and sensibilities soon come to bear, along with an awakening sexuality.

SIEGFRIED presents an encounter not only between man and woman but between two principles – Siegfried’s innate, unquestioned vigour on one side and Brünnhilde’s wisdom born of observation on the other. And as these two diametrical forces unite in a love clinch, the end of the opera seems to be presenting the basis for a renewal of human society.
Additional information
The second dayA scenic festival in three days and one eveFirst performed on 16th August, 1876 in BayreuthPremiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 12th November 2021

recommended from the age of 16
Participating artists
Sir Donald Runnicles (Musikalische Leitung)
Stefan Herheim (Inszenierung, Bühne)
Silke Bauer (Bühne)
Uta Heiseke (Kostüme)
Torge Møller (Video)
Ulrich Niepel (Licht)
Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach (Dramaturgie)
Jörg Königsdorf (Dramaturgie)
Clay Hilley (Siegfried)
Ya-Chung Huang (Mime)
Iain Paterson (Der Wanderer)
Jordan Shanahan (Alberich)
Tobias Kehrer (Fafner)
Lindsay Ammann (Erda)
Elisabeth Teige (Brünnhilde)
Solisten des Knabenchores der Chorakademie Dortmund (Ein Waldvogel)
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin (Orchester)
Dates
May 2024
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