App. 5 hours, with 3 acts of 80 minutes each. There will be 2 intermissions-1st intermission: 25 minutes; 2nd intermission: 35 minutes.
Performed in German with Chinese and English surtitles.
Latecomers may not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance. Kindly follow the instructions of the NTT staff.
Suggested for ages 12+
For the convenience of Siegfried audience members, meal service is provided. For more information, please visit the National Taichung Theater Website or NTCH (National Theater & Concert Hall) Ticketing System https://goo.gl/WVmkfW or call (04) 2251-1777.
Siegfried is the third of four operas that comprise Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), performed via a collaboration of acclaimed director Carlus Padrissa, cutting edge theater company La Fura dels Baus, and the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by world renowned Maestro Shao-Chia LÜ. The main character, Siegfried, grows from a boy into a man, not knowing who his parents are, which colors everything he does. Video projections in three dimensions, moving elements and acrobatics are all used in the telling of this richly woven tale.
This is a story of treachery, the pursuit of justice and the desire for love. Wotan, the king of the gods, casts Brünnhilde into a deep sleep. Sieglinde escapes danger only to die giving birth to Siegfried. The Nibelung Mime takes on the responsibility of raising Siegfried, but with an ulterior motive: to train him as a warrior to obtain the ring of power that is guarded by a giant dragon. Mime attempts and fails to forge a sword for Siegfried. Due to his lack of fear, Siegfried is able to complete this task, fight the enemy and rescue Brünnhilde, his true love.
La Fura dels Baus continues to make exquisite magic in "Siegfried," from cascading images of dark post-industrial wastelands to shimmering skies and mountains. The power here is life force. ─Houston Chronicle
This production is something astounding in the opera world ─ rare in its balance of machines and earth, will and destiny. ─Bachtrack
Carlus Padrissa (La Fura dels Baus)
Conductor / Shao-Chia LÜ
Stage Director / Carlus Padrissa (La Fura dels Baus)
Revival Stage Director / Esteban Muñoz
Set Design / Roland Olbeter
Costume Design / Chu Uroz
Video Design / Franc Aleu
Lighting Design / Peter van Praet
Revival Lighting / Gianni Paolo Mirenda
Vocal Coach / Martin Andersson
Piano Rehearsal / Vera Hui-pin HSU
English Surtitles / Jonathan Dean
Chinese Surtitles / Nightingale Foundation
A co-production of Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Siegfried / Vincent Wolfsteiner
Mime / Rodell Rosel
Der Wanderer / Jukka Rasilainen
Alberich / Nathan Berg
Fafner / Andrea Silvestrelli
Erda / Juliana Jia-jen CHANG
Brünnhilde / Susan Bullock
Waldvogel / LIN Meng-chun
National Symphony Orchestra
Supernumerary Performers / Acrodynamic & Wugi Troupe
Taiwan-born conductor Shao-Chia LÜ’s talent was recognized early on, as he won three important international conducting competitions in France, Italy and the Netherlands in the early 1990s. This led him to begin his conducting career in Europe, starting out as Principal Conductor of Komische Oper Berlin (1995-1998). He has also served as General Music Director of the Koblenz Theatre (1998-2001), the Staatsorchester Rheinische (1998-2004) and the Staatsoper Hannover (2001-2006). In May 2004, he was awarded the highest honor for cultural contribution of the German state of Rhineland, the Peter Cornelius Plakette, bestowed on him by the minister of culture. He has served as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra since August 2010.
Carlus Padrissa is one of the six artistic directors of the innovative Spanish theater company La Fura dels Baus, founded in 1979. Padrissa was the driving force behind the group’s participation in the opening ceremony of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, which he and Àlex Ollé directed. Padrissa’s early work in opera and in collaboration with Ollé and the plastic artist Jaume Plensa began with Falla’s La Atlántida (1996) and Debussy’s Le martyre de Saint Sébastien (1997). These were followed by La damnation de Faust (Salzburg Festival); The Magic Flute (Ruhr Biennale); and many others. One of La Fura’s most ambitious projects was converting the ship Naumon, a barge 60 meters long and weighing 1,100 tons, into a modern floating performance center that has logged more than 40,000 miles from the Atlantic Ocean via the Mediterranean all the way to the China Seas. Padrissa has also directed Turandot (2011) at Bavarian State Opera, Tannhäuser (2010) at La Scala, Parsifal (2013) at the Cologne Opera, Elektra (2014) in Sweden and many others.
Founded in 1986, the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) is one of Asia’s top orchestras. Since August 2010, Maestro Shao-Chia Lu has served as its music director. Over its more than 30-year history, the NSO has collaborated with many well-known conductors including Lorin Maazel, Rudolf Barshai, Krzystof Penderecki, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Gunther Herbig, Sir Neville Marriner and Leonard Slatkin.
In addition to its outstanding concerts, the NSO regularly performs large-scale operas including those of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). It has also been involved in transnational opera productions, such as Der Rosenkavalier (Germany, 2007), Carmen (England and Australia, 2009), Madame Butterfly (Australia, 2012) and Fidelio (Switzerland, 2015), as well as all-new productions of Die Walküre, Salome, Otello, IL Trittico and Parsifal.
La Fura dels Baus represents eccentricity, innovation, adaptation, rhythm, evolution and transgression. Such a characteristic and unique essence has led this company to pioneer the reconceptualization of two of the most significant aspects of dramatic art: the theatrical space and the public. Space was redefined by moving to non-conventional venues and the public role was transformed from passive to active, breaking through the “fourth wall.” Incessant curiosity and the need to explore new artistic trends have developed, through a process of collective creation, and a unique language, style and aesthetic. Nowadays, this is called “Furan language,” which has been implemented in different artistic genres, such as opera, cinema and large-scale performances.