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First performed August 16, 1876.
Libretto by the composer (in German).
|A Summary of gSiegfriedh
In a mythological time, Siegfried grows up at the dwarf Mimefs house.
Siegfriedfs father is Siegmund, and his mother is Sieglinde. But the two are dead. Siegfried
grows up to be very powerful, so he breaks a lot of his swords
which Mime created. Then, there is a piece
of Nothung which Sieglinde left.
The Wanderer (who is Wotan,
the ruler of the gods) appears, and he tells Siegfried that only who does
not know gfearh can repair the sword. Siegfried tempers the piece
of Nothung by himself. Finally, the sword, gNothungh is reproduced.
After Fafner got a lot of treasures from the gods, he transformed
himself into a dragon to defend his treasures in a deep forest. Siegfried
kills the dragon with Nothung, and the dragonfs blood splashes on him. He develops the ability
to understand means of woodbirdsf voices. The
dwarf Mime attempts to steal treasures, but he is killed by Siegfried.
A woodbird teaches Siegfried about Brunnhilde
in a magic sleep at the top of a mountain, and who is protected by the circle
of fire. Siegfried departs for the mountain.
Siegfried arrives at the mountain, and can safety jump
into the circle of fire. He sits by the side of the sleeping woman. Then, it
is the first time for him to know gfear.h When he kisses
her, Brunnhilde wakes from her slumber. And, they immediately fall in love.
|A Comment on gSiegfriedh
|This opera, gSiegfried,h is an adventure story about the main character,
Siegfried. Wagner named his son, Siegfried, who is from his second wife,
Cosima. The singer, performing this role continues for a long time, about
4 hours. It is one of the most difficult roles for a Tenor to complete
in all roles. Tetsuya Ohno who is a famous Japanese Tenor sang this role
in Japan for the first time. When I was a university student, I received
one of his vocal courses, though I am a Baritone...
There is a symphony for chamber orchestra, gThe
Siegfried Idyll,h by Wagner. This music is composed with the same part of
melodies of this opera. Wagner secretly composed it for Cosimafs birthday. On
the birthday morning, Wagner surprised her by gathering musicians to play this
music for her.
Wagner began to compose this opera as the title,
gYoung Siegfried.h But, he took a break from composing it. He composed his two
prominent operas, gTristan and Isoldeh and gThe Mastersingers of Nurembergh
during that time. It took 15 years to compose this opera, gSiegfried,h but by
then he had become a great composer for that time, as if Siegfried grew up in
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