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Siegfried (Apr. 26, 1990)

Composer: Richard Wagner
Librettist: Richard Wagner

Levine; Jerusalem, Behrens, Morris

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Approximate running time: 4 hrs. 8 min.

Siegfried’s magical world is brilliantly evoked in this Otto Schenk/Günther Schneider-Siemssen production. Our storybook hero (Siegfried Jerusalem) forges his sword, uses it to kill the dragon (marvelous Matti Salminen as Fafner), discovers treasure, and awakens the sleeping Brünnhilde (a powerful Hildegard Behrens), oblivious to the ring of fire that has been protecting her. James Morris, in sumptuous voice, is deeply moving as the Wanderer, the god who cannot stop Siegfried’s destiny.This is James Levine and the Met orchestra at their very best.