Wagner's Siegfried

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Just as the Metropolitan Opera is unveiling its production of Siegfried, the third opera in Wagner’s "Ring" Cycle, this week, Saturday at the Opera turns its focus to the San Francisco Opera’s production from its 2010-11 season. The overarching theme in director Francesca Zambello's conception is American history seen through an ecological lens and thus the "Ring" becomes a metaphor about the management and mismanagement of natural resources.

Tenor Jay Hunter Morris, pressed into service as the Met's Siegfried this fall, is heard here in his debut performance in the role. Nina Stemme is Brünnhilde and Mark Delavan is Wotan. Donald Runnicles conducts.

CAST:

Siegfried - Jay Hunter Morris
The Wanderer (Wotan) - Mark Delavan
Brünnhilde - Nina Stemme
Mime - David Cangelosi
Alberich - Gordan Hawkins
Fafner - Daniel Sumegi
Erda - Ronnita Miller
Forest Bird - Stacey Tappan

CONDUCTOR: Donald Runnicles
STAGE DIRECTOR: Francesca Zambello
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Ian Robertson