Siegfried was first performed at the NNTT in March 2003. Conductor Dan Ettinger is coming back to the NNTT to wield the baton, as we present the two operas forming the second half of Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen". The cast will include world renowned singers that have performed at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus. The NNTT has taken all possible steps to ensure the production lives up to high public expectations.
In Act I, Siegfried, who was raised by the dwarf Mime, finds out that Mime is his foster father, and that his real father Siegmund was killed and his mother Sieglinde died while giving birth to him. Siegfried then forges a new sword from the broken Nothung, a legacy from his father. With this sword, he slays the dragon which guards the Nibelung gold in Act II, and by licking some of the dragon's blood off his hand, he acquires the ability to understand the songs of the Forest Bird. Following the counsel of the Forest Bird, Siegfried takes the Ring and the Tarnhelm, kills Mime, who had attempted to murder him, and ventures forth toward the rock where Brünnhilde lies sleeping. In Act III, after freeing himself from the Wanderer (Wotan) who had stopped him, he arrives at the rock and discovers Brünnhilde. Being in the presence of a woman for the first time, Siegfried feels fear for the first time in his life. Brünnhilde also trembles from the fear of becoming a mortal woman, but she soon accepts his love, and together the two sing, "Leucthende Liebe - Lachende Tod" [shining love - laughing death].