Wagner's RING -- The Journey Continues!
SIEGFRIED in a brand-new production at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Performances November 3 threw 16
Lyric Opera of Chicago’s brand-new production of Siegfried, the third installment of Richard Wagner’s epic Ring of the Nibelung
tetralogy, opened Saturday, November 3, at 6pm. There are just three performances left through Nov. 16 at the Lyric Opera House, 20 North Wacker Dr., Chicago. Tickets start at $119 and are available now at
lyricopera.org/Siegfried or at 312-827-5600.
The outstanding international cast portrays members of intertwined and spectacularly dysfunctional families grappling with struggles over power and identity. The title character’s unconventional journey to manhood and discovery of love is by turns funny, alarming, and poignant over the course of this playful and musically magnificent opera.
Fearless young Siegfried (Burkhard Fritz/Lyric debut) has been raised in isolation by the loathsome Nibelung Mime (Matthias Klink/
Lyric debut), who schemes to use the youth to steal the all-powerful Ring and magic tarnhelm from Fafner (Patrick Guetti), the giant who has turned himself into a dragon to protect his golden hoard. Chief god Wotan (Eric Owens), disguised as the Wanderer, pays a visit to his grandson (and the creepy guardian) without revealing their bond. Siegfried forges the fragments of his father’s shattered sword and slays the dragon. Meanwhile, Mime’s brother Alberich (Samuel Youn) who stole the Rheingold in the first place and for whom the whole cycle is named, wanders the forest plotting to reclaim the treasure and its accompanying power. Wotan summons the earth-goddess Erda (Ronnita Miller/Lyric debut) in hopes of changing destiny but has to accept whatever his progeny brings to pass. Having killed the dragon and tasted its blood, Siegfried can now understand the Forest Bird (Diana Newman), who guides him to where Brünnhilde (Christine Goerke) sleeps, encircled by flames.
Lyric’s music director and principal conductor Sir Andrew Davis
leads the Lyric Opera Orchestra, which includes an expanded brass section and four harps. The new production is directed by David Pountney, with original set designs by Johan Engels (1952-2014) and set designs by Robert Innes Hopkins, costume designs by Marie-Jeanne Lecca, lighting designs by Fabrice Kebour, and choreography by Denni Sayers.
Siegfried is performed in German with projected English translations above the stage.
Performance dates for Siegfried are Nov. 3, 7, 11, and 16.
Performance times vary. For tickets and information call (312) 827-5600 or go tolyricopera.org/Siegfried.