Wagner's Götterdämmerung

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Jay Hunter Morris as Siegfried, Iain Paterson as Gunther, Wendy Bryn Harmer as Gutrune and Hans-Peter König as Hagen in 'Götterdämmerung' (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

The Metropolitan Opera season of broadcasts closes with a dramatic conflagration, the gods consumed by fire so that the world may be cleansed and reborn.

With Götterdämmerung the epic Ring Cycle reaches its cataclysmic ending, presented today in Robert Lepage's much-discussed production.

Fabio Luisi leads a cast that includes soprano Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde, and the veteran Swedish tenor Lars Cleveman, who stepped into the title role Wagner’s Siegfried last week. Bass-baritone Richard Paul Fink plays Alberich.

The distinguished company of Wagnerians also includes Wendy Bryn Harmer back as Gutrune, Karen Cargill as Waltraute, Hans-Peter König as Hagen, and Iain Paterson as Gunther.

Cast:

Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Brünnhilde: Deborah Voigt
Gutrune: Wendy Bryn Harmer
Waltraute: Karen Cargill
Siegfried: Lars Cleveman
Gunther: Iain Paterson
Alberich: Richard Paul Fink
Hagen: Hans-Peter König

Comments [7]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

My singing of Wagner's lullaby "Schlafe mein Kind" at my three hour long "Wagner: THE EPIC AND THE LYRIC" solo concert at the isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall was on Thursday May 28th, 1998 at 8 PM.

May. 12 2013 03:19 PM
lac

Gotterdammerung was amazing today. Actually brought tears to my eyes when Siegfried is assassinated. Also, did anyone notice that the skies opened up and the big boom of thunder at that moment? While it interfered with the music it was quite apropros.

May. 11 2013 06:09 PM

Listen carefully from Grane mein Ross. Our soprano will leave out the consonants & just go from vowel to vowel so she can try to hit anything A & above. It's either a very bad habit, exceptionally bad technique or inability to sing those notes.

May. 11 2013 04:26 PM
carman ross from toronto

statement : I love opera and classic music. first opera i went to in ny 1941 aida, what a treat. I have been a sat.listner since 1946.

May. 11 2013 03:51 PM

CBC Will miss you this Summer. Hope you are 100% by next season. I love this opera. Let's see what the new Siegfried has. WE already know what Brunhilde doesn't have - a Wagnerian voice for this role. Stay well beduzza. Mr. Lane I actually have an Act 1 from Lewison Stadium with Easton & Althouse. Also, many exerpts with Kappel, Trundt, Kalenburg etc. There were giants in those days. Ofcourse, I've left out the Melchiors, Leiders, Flagstads, Traubels, Varnays, Lorenz etc. They are above the giants. Good listening this Summer.
Lets enjoy the magnificent music.

May. 11 2013 11:18 AM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Beduzza Cavanaugh: Hope you are well. Hunter Morris voice too light. See there is a different tenor today. I will only stick around and listen to the Rhine Journey and the Funeral Music and Immolation. This opera is too long. Siegfried is also long but what a feast. Enjoy the off season.

May. 11 2013 09:46 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

GOTTERDAMMERUNG always proffers awesome possibilities for epic performance.
L.O.L.

May. 11 2013 08:01 AM

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