LIVE RECORDING FROM THE DEUTSCHES NATIONALTHEATER WEIMAR 2008 Siegfried JOHNNY VAN HALL Mime FRIEDER AURICH Wotan as Wanderer TOMAS MÖWES Alberich MARIO HOFF Fafner HIDEKAZU TSUMAYA Brünnhilde CATHERINE FOSTER Forest Bird HEIKE PORSTEIN Erda NADINE WEISSMANN
STAATSKAPELLE WEIMAR Conducted by CARL ST. CLAIR Directed by MICHAEL SCHULZ Set Design by DIRK BECKER Costume Design by RENÉE LISTERDAL
“The free man must be his own maker” Richard Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung refl ects the composer’s autobiography as much as the political turmoil of his times. As work progressed, another fi gure 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.