Siegfried review – Jurowski showcases Wagner with wonder and excitement

Royal Festival Hall, London Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO bring energy, tautness and dramatic fire to the third part of Wagner’s Ring, raising the bar with an astonishing performance The London Philharmonic’s Ring with Vladimir Jurowski goes, it would seem, from strength to strength. Presenting one opera a year, they have now reached Siegfried, though when Götterdämmerung is added in 2021 it will form part of two performances of the complete cycle. So far, the bar has beeen raised with each instalment, conductor and orchestra becoming more fully immersed in each successive work. Though, as with the previous operas, there are occasional vocal inequalities, much of this can only be described as a thing of wonder, generating a fierce excitement that on occasion took my breath away. Jurowski has, if anything, refined and honed his approach to Wagner over time. As with Das Rheingold and Die Walküre , his judgement of the relationship between speed and pace, and his ability to hold us in the moment while thinking