Director: Jossi Wieler
Conductor: Lothar Zagrosek
Orchestra: Staatsorchester Stuttgart
Picture Format: 16:9 Anamorphic
Sound Format: PCM stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Running Time: 251 Mins
Region Code: NTSC All
Booklet Languages: GB, F, D
Recording Date: 1 October 2002/5 January 2003
Recorded live at the Staatsoper Stuttgart
"It's clever, witty, violent and sometimes plain peculiar. It's also well sung ... Let's hope the other three parts follow soon" The Independent on DV-OPRDNR
Not since the so-called "100 Year Ring" (Bayreuth, 1976 to 1980) has a performance of Richard Wagner's monumental cycle created such a sensation as the Stuttgart productions. Each of the four parts was staged under a different team of directors and with a different cast, an unusual approach that had never before been realised on this scale. The four individual productions garnered the praise of national and international critics, who voted the Stuttgart Staatsoper "Opera House of the Year" three times in a row, not least because of this Ring.
This month is the turn of Siegfried, the third part of his Ring tetralogy, featuring the colossal figure of Jon Fredric West.
Jossi Wieler's direction, in sets by Anna Viebrock, exercises an unprecedented power of suggestion to draw from Siegfried the glummest of all comedies, making laughter die in the throat, and presenting only one negative figure: the Wanderer, Wotan.
Lothar Zagrosek once again offers a masterclass in the art of swift but sonorous Wagnerian conducting - reason enough to buy this release" The Independent on DV-OPRDNW: Die Walkure
Siegfried: Jon Fredric West
Mime: Heinz Gohrig
Der Wanderer: Wolfgang Schone
Alberich: Bjorn Waag
Fafner: Attila Jun
Waldvogel: Gabriela Herrera
Erda: Helene Ranada
Brunnhilde: Lisa Gasteen