Der Ring des Nibelungen is one of the most remarkable achievements in all music, and Siegfried, the third in the cycle, contains some of the greatest moments in Wagner’s entire output. Wagner conceived Siegfried as a heroic ‘man of the future’, and his fantastical tale is one in which the human dramas of treachery and violent struggles for power become magnified in a world of gods, dragons and magic. The previous opera in this cycle, Die Walküre, was acclaimed in The Guardian as ‘thrillingly vivid… easily maintains the high standard and promise of Das Rheingold’.
This is the third and penultimate release in our acclaimed cycle of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen with the Hong Kong Philharmonic conducted by Jaap van Zweden. As with the others in this series it will be released both on CD and Blu-ray Audio, and will be our main promotion for November 2017.
Of the star cast for Siegfried, Matthias Goerne has been singled out for particular praise by the critics, with Gramophone stating that he “sings Wotan beautifully, with much baritonal sophistication, predictable (from an experienced Lieder recitalist) care for words and able negotiation of trickier moments.” Opera News wrote “Matthias Goerne is a revelation… [he] upholds the great tradition of Wagner singing.”
Each member of this carefully selected cast has an established reputation in opera performance, and most are known for significant and highly demanding Wagnerian roles. These include tenor Simon O’Neill as Siegfried, one of the finest heldentenors on the international stage, and soprano Heidi Melton as Brünnhilde, who has been called “the Wagnerian voice we have been waiting for since Flagstad and Nilsson” (La Presse).
WAGNER Siegfried. Simon O’Neill, Matthias Goerne, David Cangelosi, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra / Jaap van Zweden. Naxos Blu-Ray-Audio
WAGNER Siegfried. Simon O’Neill, Matthias Goerne, David Cangelosi, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra / Jaap van Zweden. Naxos 4cds