The dramatic symphonist Wagner: Siegfried
- Richard Wagner Siegfried
It was a great wish of chief conductor Karina Canellakis: to conduct Wagner's Siegfried, the third movement from Der Ring des Nibelungen. This wish is fulfilled with a fine orchestra and exceptional soloists.
Wagner reveals himself as a true dramatist
In Siegfried, the composer takes the final step in his development from romantic composer to the "symphonist" of the musical drama he invented. Not without humor, as evidenced by the brilliantly comic part for the Nibelung Mime, written for a terse character tenor. It was precisely in the second act, in which orchestral nature invocations accompany the young hero Siegfried's voyage of discovery, that Wagner fell into an artistic crisis in 1857. After finger exercises with Tristan and Meistersinger, he returned to the Ring as an accomplished and full-blooded dramatist to complete the third act of Siegfried. An undaunting challenge for any conductor.
Clay Hilley and Daniela Köhler
The Matinee gathered an extraordinary cast, with heroic tenor Clay Hilley in the title role, who will find his ultimate beloved Brünnhilde in that famous third act, sung here by soprano Daniela Köhler.