The four parts of the 1999 Ring from Staatsoper Stuttgart were assigned to different Directors and casts, each music drama to be treated as a separate entity.
Siegfried Act 1 is set in Mime's hut, a multipurpose living and smithing space, Mime (Heinz Gohrig) in modern clothes is preparing a meal for Siegfried.
The appearance of Siegfried (Jon Fredric West) is that of hero as all-in wrestler, and he certainly gives the role the necessary physical heft, also the mindless childlike concentration with which Siegfried pursues any whim that enters his mind, as Brunnhilde will later say "my foolish hero".
In Act 2 Fafner as the dragon is seated on a chair facing away from the audience behind a wire mesh fence, no sillier than other dragons I have seen.
Wotan (Wolfgang Schone) for some reason reminds me of Clint Eastwood in his jeans and baseball cap, the scene with Erda (Helene Renata) takes place in a washroom.
Having heroically overcome the fire Siegfried finds himself in a pristine white bedroom, with Brunnhilde slumped on her dressing table. Once awake there follows a very humorous version of the love duet with Brunnhilde (Lisa Gasteen) looking similar to Luana DeVol in Gotterdammerung.
Apart from the excellent Mime of Heinz Gohrig the singing throughout is good provincial, with fine orchestral support from Zagrosek.