Graham Bruce visited Dresden in February this year for Der Ring there.
Siegfried’s role at the centre of the drama as envisaged by Wagner in 1848 had certainly changed by the time Der Ring des Nibelungen premiered in Bayreuth in August 1876.
Read the fascinating story of Norma Gadsden.
Peter Bassett’s article provides an interesting and informative background to the work.
Readers may find it that Wagner originally had other names in mind for his gods and goddesses, Nibelungs, Rhinedaughters, heroes, giants and the rest…
Modern opinion tends to regard heroic figures with cynicism – a reaction perhaps to the disastrous consequences of political hero-worship in the 20 th century.
As a result, many stage directors are inclined to transform such characters into anti-heroes…