Ring Cycle: Siegfried
Seattle Opera Performance of Siegfried - Cycle #3
8/23/2013 6:00 PM
Part 3 of the Ring cycle chronicles the heroic coming
of age of the naïve yet fearless Siegfried, product of the Siegmund/Sieglinde
union. Mime, brother to Alberich, has raised Siegfried ever since he lost his
mother at birth, and plans to use the boy to liberate the Nibelung hoard,
including the all-powerful ring. A mysterious Wanderer (Wotan in disguise)
visits Mime and, after a game of riddles, hints that Siegfried is indeed
destined for greatness but also will be Mime’s doom. Swords are re-forged,
dragons slain, treasures reclaimed, justice dispensed, a forest bird sings, and
the power of the gods continues to dwindle as the hero’s quest culminates in
the discovery and rapturous rescue of Brünnhilde on her rocky ledge.
In German with English Captions.
Approximate Running Time: 5 hours, with 2 intermissions