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Siegfried: Wagner’s Warrior Hero Finds Love

March 21, 2016 @ 12:00 am - April 13, 2016 @ 11:59 am


Siegfried: Wagner’s Warrior Hero Finds Love

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has passed the half way mark in its first staging of Wagner’s four-opera Ring cycle – a truly historic event for the city of Houston. Join HGO dramaturg Paul Hopper to learn about the third installment, Siegfried, the opera that inspired the entire cycle.

In Siegfried, we finally meet the hero destined to find Wotan’s sword. With it, he is able to slay the dragon Fafner, collect the all-powerful ring, and awaken the now mortal Brünnhilde from her magic slumber.

We will enrich our appreciation of Wagner’s monumental saga over three course sessions, as we learn about the mythological roots of the epic tale, key musical moments to listen for, and the massive technical demands a Ring cycle puts on an opera house. The course culminates in a fourth session at the final dress rehearsal of Siegfried at Houston Grand Opera, a benefit of full course participation

Paul Hopper became HGO’s dramaturg in December 2014. He manages research and development for HGO’s operas, translates and designs surtitles for all productions, and is the resident opera information source. Mr. Hopper holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Houston.


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March 21, 2016 @ 12:00 am
April 13, 2016 @ 11:59 am
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