Based on the Norse mythology, twins Sieglinde and Siegmund
, separated in childhood, meet and fall in love.
So Close's credentials as the louring Hunding in Act One of Wagner's Die Walkure were already established by the time he arrived to cast his grim shadow over the burgeoning love between Sieglinde and Siegmund
. Those two incestuous twins were poignantly sung by Stephanie Corley and John Llewelyn Evans, he a baritone who has transmuted to a tenor, but here with some appropriately baritonal timbres.
Since the dialogues are about Sieglinde and Siegmund
, he experiments with the idea of giving the young lovers a physical presence on stage so the other characters can interact with them in the dialogues.