This performance will be remembered as the Met debut role (at almost the last minute) of Jay Hunter
Morris, who portrays Siegfried. The young tenor looks and acts the part of the headstrong adolescent Siegfried. He has a very nice tone and will surely learn to project more emotional nuance in the voice. And he surely has stamina, finishing the six-hour opera strongly. Bravo!
Kudos, too, to Gerhard Siegel (as Mime), Bryn Terfel (the Wanderer), Eric Owens (Alberich), and Hans-Peter Konig (Fafner) -- beautiful singing from all.
Brunnhilde was well-sung by Deborah Voigt; likewise Erda, sung by Patricia Bardon. I thought Mojca Erdmann was a bit shrill as the Forest Bird but acoustics could have been a factor as she was singing offstage while a computer-animated bird flitted about onstage.
Speaking of staging...I do not like the tilting planks designed by Robert LePage, as inventive as they are. I find the set distracting from more than enhancing the unfolding drama.
Wonderful singing from all the principals! Each is able to convey his/her character's feelings
effectively. It's not their fault it takes so darn long to tell the story.
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