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Posted by on Jun 2, 2011 in Reviews | 1 comment

Siegfried prevails at San Francisco Opera

by Christie Connolley

Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle had lots of nice things to say about San Francisco Opera’s production of Wagner’s Siegfried, but even more nice things to say about Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde.   Here is the Operagasm quick run down:

She is all that and a bag of chips!: “Here at last was the combination of assured, muscular vocalism and focused theatrical vibrancy that Wagner’s music dramas require. As the rebellious Valkyrie roused at last from her magical slumber, Stemme unleashed a stream of potent, silvery sound that pierced the orchestral texture without a hint of strain.”

Another review that evokes the theme song from  Dallas in my head whilst reading: “So after the Gold Rush era of “Das Rheingold” to the early 20th century industrialism of “Die Walküre,” “Siegfried” arrives in a contemporary world of oil refineries, scrap metal and natural despoliation – a combination of the worst of New Jersey and East Texas.”

Mismatch:” What this “Siegfried” needed most urgently, though, was a stronger vocal ensemble to match Stemme’s glorious final contributions. Tenor Jay Hunter Morris, undertaking the title role for the first time, was adequate but never quite electrifying, his singing tender and thoughtful but one or two sizes too small for the task.”

You had me at trailer park: “The wittiest element in Michael Yeargan’s set design comes in Act 1, which imagines Mime’s dwelling as a rusted-out trailer in the shadows of an industrial park.”

Check out the entire review here!

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1 Comment

  1. I just saw the Second Cycle Siegfried. Jay Morris has quickly rounded into the role and sang beautifully and, with excellent acting, gets my vote for the star of the Ring so far.

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