Rachel Nicholls, soprano (Brünnhilde)
Simon O’Neill, tenor (Siegfried)
Wiebke Lehmkuhl, alt (Erda)
Derek Welton, bass-baritone (Der Wanderer)
Sir Mark Elder, conductor
Richard Wagner (1813–1883):
Siegfried, WWV 86 C, 3rd Act (1871)
After the concert performance of the 3rd act of Wagner's Parsifal at the Basel Münster and the Goetheanum, Sir Mark Elder devotes his Basel comeback this time to the 3rd act of Siegfried. It consists of a sequence of three musical duels not only of great voices but also of great ideas. "Do you know what Wotan wants?" the god disguised as a wanderer asks - at considerable volume - the omniscient primordial mother Erda, who really doesn't want to know any more about it. But even Wotan's will has limits: Recklessly, the wild Siegfried smashes his highly symbolic spear in order to fight his way free to Brünnhilde. In view of the fact that she is "not a man", however, even Siegfried no longer knows what he wants. This state of affairs does not last long: rejoicing and in the highest tones, the two finally devote themselves to "shining love", which is not far removed from "laughing death".
This concert will be accompanied by a discovery programme, the schedule of which will be announced in advance in the programme magazine.