Exciting press release from the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s performances of Wagner’s Ring. The Cycle is being recorded by Naxos and features the outstanding Dramatic Mezzo Soprano, Deborah Humble.
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s (HK Phil) internationally acclaimed performances of Wagner’s complete Ring Cycle reaches its third part with Siegfried on 19th and 22nd January at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Conducted by HK Phil’s Music Director Jaap van Zweden and with Simon O’Neill in the role of Siegfried, the cast includes some of the great Wagnerian singers of our time. Familiar voices to those who have been following this epic production since it opened with Das Rheingold in 2015 include Matthias Goerne as Wanderer, Falk Struckmann as Fafner, Deborah Humble as Erda, Heidi Melton as Brünnhilde and David Cangelosi as Mime. Additionally, Werner van Mechelen sings the role of Alberich, and Valentina Farcas as the voice of the woodbird.The first ever opera-in-concert performance of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle in Hong Kong, this four-year journey is also the first live production to be recorded and released on CD by an orchestra from Hong Kong or Mainland China. Released under the Naxos label, the previous two parts––Das Rheingold and Die Walküre––have been a huge success with audiences and critics alike. Gramophone magazine described Die Walküre as “compelling” and an “impressive achievement”, going on to describe the HK Phil as “a consistently fine orchestra”. Having ended Die Walküre with Brünnhilde cast into a magic sleep by Wotan, and surrounded by fire high on a mountain top, Siegfried opens with the dwarf Mime working at his forge. He is attempting to make a sword for his foster son, Siegfried. Mime hopes Siegfried will use the sword to slay the dragon, Fafner, who guards a hoard of gold which includes a magic ring stolen by Mime’s brother, Alberich. Siegfried eventually forges the sword himself, slays the dragon and is told by a woodbird about a beautiful woman asleep on a mountain top. Enchanted, Siegfried rushes to the mountain, passes through the ring of fire and awakens Brünnhilde.With dragons, dwarves, superheroes and gods, not to mention love and treachery, the third part of the Ring is a thrilling and breath-taking musical spectacle. The huge orchestra––which incorporates anvils and hammers––and all-star cast promise a magnificent continuation of this once-in-a-lifetime event for Hong Kong audiences. Performance length is approximately 5 hours and 15 minutes including two intervals.
Source: HK Phil