[...]quirks stand out only because of the high bar set by the overall artistic vision of La Fura, whose triumphs in Siegfried are numerous--a forging scene with a fiery and symbolically globe-shaped furnace maintained by the minion-like denizens of the dwarf underworld; the cheery, darkly comic chef's getup for Mime as he whisks up his poisonous potion, which makes an amusing counterpoint to Siegfried's manful sword-forging; a looming, mechanical dragon in a De Chirico-like abstract design whose eerie menace is multiplied by the echo-enhancement of Andrea Silvestrelli's granitic bass voice as Fafner; the creepy-crawlies at the mouth of the Cave of Envy (athletically worming supernumeraries); and a risqué but evocative backdrop vision of human-breast clouds as Siegfried, on the cusp of discovering love and erotic desire, approaches Brünnhilde's resting place.
BARNETT, GREGORY (2016) In Review: Houston. In: Opera News, Vol. 81, No. 1, pp. 43-44. Available at https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/673187/.