Wotan’s willful grandson Siegfried (tenor Burkhard Fritz) is growing up under maleficent Mime’s care; his dragon-slaying destiny awaits. (Lyric Opera of Chicago photos by Todd Rosenberg)
“Siegfried” by Richard Wagner at Lyric Opera of Chicago, through Nov. 16. ★★★
With the premiere of Wagner’s five-hour ‘Siegfried’ under his belt, and thus three-quarters of the gargantuan 19th-century “Ring” cycle unveiled, the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s head man, Anthony Freud, must be feeling a bit like the besieged top god Wotan himself – guardedly hopeful and still determinedly in the game after unexpected calamity, subsequent creative scramble, and even a strike in the ranks that reflected contention in the realm.
Despite its stamina-testing length, this playful “Siegfried” elicited early roars of delight from a vocal, sold-out opening night crowd, boding well for the Lyric’s “Ring 2020” Festival scheduled for the end of next season, when “Siegfried” and the other operas in the four-part sequence will be presented in a trio of complete runs, an irresistible total-immersion opportunity that will doubtless attract Wagner zealots from around the world. Read the full story »