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The Ring of the Nibelung – Siegfried

Richard Wagner [1813 – 1883]

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The second day
A scenic festival in three days and one eve
First performed on 16th August, 1876 in Bayreuth
Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 12th November 2021

recommended from the age of 16

In German with German and English surtitles

5 hrs 45 mins | 2 intervals

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance

About the performance

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.

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Kindly supported by Förderkreis der Deutschen Oper Berlin e. V.

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