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The Melbourne Ring has only one more opera in this third cycle but the performance of Siefried at the Arts Centre Melbourne deserves a special accolade.

The three acts impressed then thrilled the capacity audience. Reports from the first two cycles have been about overall improvements in what is a world class production but it all came together at Siegfried on 11 December.

Conductor Pietari Inkinen and his orchestra’s masterly interpretation matched the multi faceted and brilliant direction of Neil Armfield. The interactions between Mime, Graeme Macfarlane and Siegfried, Stefan Vinke and Mime and Votan, Terje Stensvold were about interpretation by artists at the peak of their profession. Jud Arthur’s Fafner had an astonishing intensity. Alberich, Warwick Fyfe and the Woodbird, Taryn Fiebig were first rate. Erda, Deborah Humble had an astounding vocal presence. The interplay between the mortalised Brunnhilde, Susan Bullock and Siegfried, resulted in that elusive shiver down the spine. A special accolade, however must be given to Stefan Vinke.

We understand the definition of a Helden Tenor but we rarely are privileged to hear one in full flight. On this night we were treated to this rarity. Stefan Vinke’s heroic accomplishment was spine chilling.

Opera Australia, Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini deserves to share this accolade. Bravi! Bravo! Brava!

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