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Performer: Lars Cleveman

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Ragnarök: the long twilight of the Stockholm Ring

Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde) and Ola Eliasson (Gunther) © Markus Gårder
Ragnarök: the Swedish title for Götterdämmerung resonates with Old Norse folk memories of universal inundation and overthow of the order of the gods.
****1
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Dragonslayer: Siegfried battles valiantly

Lars Cleveman (Siegfried) © Clive Barda
While the Welsh were merrily slaying Belgians in Euro 2016, one dragon was on the receiving end at the Royal Festival Hall.
***11
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Götterdammerung or The Ring returns to the Rhine

With Götterdämmerung the Linz Ring came to a controversial conclusion with a graphic depiction of Siegfried violently raping a defenceless Brünnhilde, and Hagen entertaining his father Alberich, and his mother.
***11
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The Linz Ring: Siegfried or Whither Wotan?

Rewarding performances by Matthäus Schmidlechner as Mime and Lars Cleveman in the title role, plus Elena Nebera as Brünnhilde, made Richard Wagner’s Siegfried at the Landestheater Linz a joy.
***11
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The Merchant of Gothenburg: the return of La Juive

La Juive, Fromental Halévy's grand opéra, makes a powerful return to Gothenburg, the same city where it received its Swedish première 150 years ago, in Günther Krämer’s stark staging. 
****1
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