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Performer: Daniel Brenna

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San FranciscoSiegfried

Wagner: Siegfried
Donald Runnicles; Francesca Zambello; San Francisco Opera; Michael Yeargan; Catherine Zuber; Daniel Brenna; Evelyn Herlitzius

San FranciscoGötterdämmerung

Wagner: Götterdämmerung
Donald Runnicles; Francesca Zambello; San Francisco Opera; Michael Yeargan; Catherine Zuber; Daniel Brenna; Evelyn Herlitzius
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Jaap van Zweden blazes trail for the HK Phil

Jaap van Zweden conducts Götterdämmerung © Ramond Ho
The final instalment of the Hong Kong Philharmonic's Ring cycle merits the orchestra joining the international big league. 
****1
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Hagen: Part 1 of a “Second Generation” Ring at the Theater an der Wien

Samuel Youn (Hagen) and Martin Winkler (Alberich) © Herwig Prammer
Hagen, the first chapter in the Theater an der Wien's reimagining of The Ring, features music from Das Rhinegold and Götterdämmerung woven seamlessly together, telling the story from the perspective of Hagen, son of Nibelung dwarf, Alberich.
***11
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Trinks’ cut and paste Siegfried far from idyllic

Marcel Beekman (Mime) and Daniel Brenna (Siegfried) © Herwig Prammer
Tatjana Gürbaca’s whole scale tampering with Wagner’s Siegfried had so many flashbacks and flashforwards there should have been a warning for photosensitive members of the audience.  
**111
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Karita Mattila still steals Jenůfa at the Met

Karita Mattila (Kostelnička) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
Olivier Tambosi’s controversial production of Janáček's Jenůfa first appeared at the Met in 2003.
****1
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Twilight of the Gods gives way to an American dawn

Eric Halfvarson (Hagen) © Scott Suchman
Tonight’s Götterdämmerung brought the cycle to a fitting – and wholly American – conclusion. 
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