The Ring cycle’s third opera charts the rise of Siegfried into the greatest hero of the age.
Following his mother Sieglinde’s death, Siegfried has been raised by the dwarf Mime, brother of Alberich. Although Mime loathes Siegfried, he hopes Siegfried will kill the dragon Fafner, guardian of the all-powerful ring.
Instead, Siegfried kills both Fafner and Mime, claims the ring for himself and sets off to find the sleeping Brünnhilde. Siegfried braves the flames, wakes her with a kiss and the two declare their love in one of the most thrilling duets in all opera.
German tenor Stefan Vinke is the mighty hero Siegfried, English soprano Susan Bullock returns as Brünnhilde and Terje Stensvold makes his final appearance in the cycle as The Wanderer.