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Wagner's Siegfried

From the Metropolitan Opera, New York, James Levine conducts the third part of Wagner's Ring Cycle, with Christian Franz in the title role alongside Irene Theorin as Brunnhilde.

From New York Metropolitan Opera, James Levine conducts a performance of the third part of Wagner's four-part epic drama, The Ring of the Nibelung, based on Nordic myths. German tenor Christian Franz, in his debut season at the Met, performs the title role, supported by Swedish soprano Irene Theorin.

The story centres on the cycle's hero, the eponymous Siegfried, product of an incestuous union, who becomes a blacksmith and forges a sword with which he slays powerful foes.

(See below for full Synopsis and Production Photos)

Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff. There are backstage interviews and the Met Quiz during the two intervals.

Siegfried ...... Christian Franz (tenor)
Mime ...... Robert Brubaker (tenor)
The Wanderer ...... James Morris (bass-baritone)
Alberich ...... Richard Paul Fink (bass-baritone)
Fafner ...... John Tomlinson (bass)
Erda ...... Wendy White(mezzo-soprano)
Brunnhilde ...... Irene Theorin (soprano)
Woodbird ...... Lisette Oropesa (soprano)
Chorus and Orchestra of Metropolitan Opera
James Levine (conductor).

5 hours, 30 minutes

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