classical music, opera, theatre

Wagner: Siegfried

two intervals
Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest

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There's an old Hungarian expression: "It's better to fear than to become frightened." Siegfried, the hero of German mythology and Wagner's opera, is primarily famous precisely for knowing no fear. A high-spirited son of the forest and a friend of the wild animals living in it, this enormously strong young lad is not somebody one would want to tangle with. Few people in today's world bear much resemblance to him. Nevertheless, we are all Siegfrieds in a certain sense in that most of us have trouble discovering who we really are, and it is only as we travel down the path of life that we gradually learn what we are truly capable of.

A rainbow of sounds from the orchestra, enigmatic dialogues and mysterious riddles. Not to mention a treacherous dwarf and a glorious young hero. Who after slaying a dragon and tasting its blood, is able to understand the prophetic singing of a bird. And then crosses through a wall of fire to discover both the woman who is his mate and, through his love for her, fear. These moments - along with a host of other ones - are what make the tale of Siegfried so magical. But there are many other aspects as well, such as generational conflict, when the brash youngster settles the score with an ageing Wotan, now known simply as the Wanderer, in the crudest possible terms. The work also contains a warning: at every fork of the road, inescapable Fate is hiding behind the trees. One has to ask: is Siegfried truly a worthy successor to the Wälsung name? Or is his instinctive behaviour a sign of decline, meaning that he himself is merely an unwitting implement of destiny? Wagner is a great artist: his work provides no clear answers. As in the previous year, we will get to watch Stefan Vinke in the title role, with Egils Silins returning to portray the mysterious Wanderer, Wotan in disguise. Bringing back his wonderful Mime from 2015 is Jürgen Sacher. We will also have another opportunity to hear Erika Gál's Erda again. Another consistently robust component of the Budapest Wagner Days series will be Péter Kálmán with his splendid Alberich. This performance offers the opportunity to meet a new Brünnhilde in the person of Magdalena Anna Hofmann: amassing triumph after triumph on European opera stages, she has been hailed by critics for the "dark beauty and sparkling tone” of her voice, among other qualities.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest
  • Ádám Fischer
  • Siegfried
    Stefan Vinke
  • Mime
    Jürgen Sacher
  • Wanderer (Wotan)
    Egils Silins
  • Alberich
    Péter Kálmán
  • Fafner
    Lukasz Konieczny
  • Erda
    Erika Gál
  • Brünnhilde
    Magdalena Anna Hofmann
  • Waldvogel
    Eszter Zemlényi
  • dancers
    Dóra Asztalos
    Zoltán Csere
    Gusztáv Eller
    János Feledi
    Laura Fehér
    Anna Gulyás
    Zoltán Katonka
    Krisztián Kelemen
    Brigitta Tóth
    Milán Újvári
    Gábor Vida
  • Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Dramaturg
    Christian Martin Fuchs †, Dr. Christian Baier
  • Costumes and puppet design
    Corinna Crome
  • Lighting
    Máté Vajda
  • Choreographer
    Gábor Vida
  • Assistant choreographer
    Dóra Asztalos
  • Musical assistants
    László Bartal
    Gábor Bartinai
    Dóra Bizják
    Brigitta Kovács
    Martin Rajna
  • Revival director
    Etelka Polgár
  • Director
    Hartmut Schörghofer

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