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The Ring on KING FM: Siegfried

Thursday, February 11, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Radio: 98.1 KING FM | Online:

Music and Libretto by Richard Wagner

The date here broadcast at 7:00 PM on KING FM was recorded August, 2005. Cast information and a full synopsis are found below. Whether you are new to the Ring or a long time fan, enjoy fun facts surrounding the 2005 Ring and tips on what to listen for in a blog article from dramaturg Jonathan Dean. 

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(Listed in order of appearance)

CONDUCTOR: Robert Spano

MIME, Thomas Harper
SIEGFRIED, Alan Woodrow
THE WANDERER, Greer Grimsley
ALBERICH, Richard Paul Fink
FAFNER, Gidon Saks
ERDA, Ewa Podleś
HORN CALL, Mark Robbins



Violin I
Walter Schwede, Concertmaster
Simon James, Asst. Concertmaster
Jennifer Bai
Mariel Bailey
Cecilia Buss
Xiao-Po Fei
Virginia Hunt Luce
John Pilskog
Mikhail Shmidt
Clark Story
Marjorie Talvi
Jeanine Wells Yablonsky
Kyung Chee Yeung
Arthur Zadinsky

Violin II
Michael Miropolsky, Principal
Kathleen Stern, Asst. Principal
Gennady Filimonov
Stephen Bryant
Linda Cole
Wesley Fisk
Ingrid Fredrickson
Sande Gillette
Larisa Miropolsky
Eric Scott
Laurel Wells
Andrew Yeung

Dorothy Shapiro, Principal
Timothy Hale, Asst. Principal
Arie Schachter
Betty Agent
Vincent Comer
Wesley Anderson Dyring
Jan-Marie Joyce
Scott Ligocki
Laura Renz

Susan Williams, Principal
Vivian Gu, Asst. Principal
Theresa Benshoof, Asst. Principal
Bruce Bailey
Paige Bilski
Roberta Downey
Richard Eckert
Charles Jacot
Rajan Krishnaswami
Matthew Millar

Todd Larsen, Principal
Ronald Simon, Asst. Principal
Nancy Page Griffin
Joe Kaufman
Bruce Lawrence
Ben Musa
Stephen Schermer

Zartouhi Dombourian-Eby, Principal
Karla Flygare
Erin James
Kirsten G. James

Kirsten G. James
Erin James

Nathan Hughes, Principal
John DeJarnatt
Bernard Shapiro

English Horn
Glen Danielson, Principal

Christoper Sereque, Principal
Laura DeLuca
Sean Osborne

Bass Clarinet
Jennifer Nelson

Seth Krimsky
Paul Rafanelli
Michael Gamburg

Michael Gamburg

French Horn
Mark Robbins, Principal
Rodger Burnett, Asst. Principal
Adam Iascone
Susan Carroll
Benjamin Kinsman
Jeff Fair
James Weaver
Joe Berger
Larry Johnson

David Gordon, Principal
Richard Pressley
Justin Emerich

Bass Trumpet
David L. Ritt, Principal

Hamod Abu-Eid, Principal
Don Immel
Tom Joyce
Stephen Fissel

Christopher Olka, Principal

Tenor Tuba
Jeff Fair
James Weaver

Bass Tuba
Joe Berger
Sue Carroll
Larry Johnson

Michael Crusoe, Principal
Ronald Johnson

Randolph Baunton, Principal
Michael Clark
Matthew Kocmieroski
Rob Tucker

Valerie Muzzolini, Principal
John Carrington
Jill Whitman
Callista McKasson



Donna Baldwin
Emily Clubb
Karen Early Evans
Melanie Hingson
Dana Johnson
Barbara Jones
Mary McLaughlin
Eleanor Stallcop-Horrox


Celia Kerr
Jean Leavens
YeonSoo Lee
Carmen Leon
Gail Neil
Diane Radabaugh

Guy Bogar
David Bukey
Leodigario del Rosario
Michael Dudley
Gunnar Goerlitz
Thomas Green
John Gulhaugen
Auston James
Stephen Leigh Jones
Dustin Kasper
Geam Lim
Bob Leavens
Matt Lecar
Ian Lindsay
Charles Logan
Roger Longbotham
Jim Miller
Glenn Nielsen
Rick Olsen
Philip Parham
Karl Reyes
George Scott
Daniel Shelhamer
Frederick Soo
Brian Stachurski
Marlon Trigg
Vince Veile
Bryan Webb

Garry Aganesyants
Michael Beetham
Gregory Carroll
Monty Carter
Jay Cook
Michael Dunlap
James Elliott
Jon Farmer
Ryan Francis
Craig Grayson
Glenn Guhr
Tom Hingson
Leo Jackson
Gregory Lewis
Gene Ma
Gabriel McDonald
Erik Miles
Eric Molgard
Michael Monnikendam
Justin Moore
Steve Perry
Skip Satterwhite
Friedrich Schlott
Timothy Sexton
Jeremy Shilley
John Wagner
Karl Wangler
Ron Wohl
Philip Woodward
Daniel Yarr
Brett Youngquist


Full Synopsis

Act I
Mime, a Nibelung, has raised Siegfried since the boy’s mother, Sieglinde, died in childbirth. Mime hopes that Siegfried will slay Fafner, who, having used the Tarnhelm to turn himself into a dragon, now lives in the forest, guarding the ring and the Nibelung treasure, which Mime covets. Mime acquired the pieces of Siegmund’s sword, Nothung, from the dying Sieglinde. He knows that Siegfried will need the sword in order to kill the dragon, but Mime has been unable to repair the weapon.

Siegfried bursts into Mime’s cave and quarrels with his foster father. When—under duress—Mime finally tells Siegfried about his mother and shows him the fragments of Nothung, Siegfried demands that Mime repair the sword and runs off into the forest.

Wotan enters, disguised and calling himself the Wanderer. After a game of riddles with Mime, he tells the dwarf that only a man who does not know fear can repair Nothung and that this fearless man will be Mime’s doom. When Siegfried returns, Mime learns that the boy does not understand fear. Mime tells Siegfried that Fafner, the dragon, will teach him fear.

Impatient with Mime’s inability to repair the sword, Siegfried forges Nothung anew. Mime brews a drink with which he hopes to poison Siegfried after the boy has killed Fafner. The exuberant Siegfried tests the re-forged Nothung by splitting Mine’s anvil in two.

Act II
Alberich watches Fafner’s cave, hoping to discover a way to regain the ring. Just before dawn, the Wanderer appears and warns Alberich of Mime’s plan. The god awakens Fafner so that Alberich may warn him of the danger that approaches, but the dragon ignores the warning. As the sun rises, Mime and Siegfried arrive, and Siegfried drives Mime away. Siegfried carves a crude reed flute and tries to imitate the sound of a forest bird. Failing at that, he tries playing on his hunting horn. The noise awakens Fafner. In the ensuing battle, Siegfried drives his sword into the dragon’s heart. As he dies, Fafner warns Siegfried to beware of the one who urged his murder.

Withdrawing his sword from Fafner, Siegfried gets the dragon’s blood on his hand. The blood burns, and Siegfried puts his hand to his mouth. When he next hears the singing of the Forest Bird, he understands its words. It tells him of the Nibelung hoard, the Tarnhelm, the ring, and Mime’s secret intentions. Mime approaches Siegfried with flattery, but Siegfried, knowing the dwarf plans to murder him, kills him.

Siegfried now feels very alone. The Forest Bird tells him about a woman who sleeps on a rock, surrounded by flames. Excited, Siegfried follows the Forest Bird to find Brünnhilde.

Wotan awakens Erda to seek her counsel. Erda suspects him of trying, still, to manipulate events, but he insists that she is mistaken: he is now ready to accept his fate—and with joy. He lets her go back to sleep.

Wotan blocks Siegfried’s path up Brünnhilde’s mountain, telling the boy that Nothung was shattered once before by Wotan’s spear. Believing that he has found his father mortal enemy, Siegfried impulsively breaks the god’s spear with his sword. Wotan, his power at an end, has to let him pass.

Siegfried proceeds through the flames and finds Brünnhilde, asleep on her rock. He removes her warrior’s armor. Discovering a human creature different from himself, a woman, Siegfried suddenly understands the meaning of fear. He awakens her with a kiss. Brünnhilde is at first joyful, then terrified, for she realizes that she is no longer a goddess. The strength of Siegfried’s passion overcomes her doubts, and they rejoice in their love.

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