"The Ring of the Nibelung" - Richard Wagner - "Der Ring des Nibelungen"
Opera Online is dedicated to the immortal masterpiece "The Ring of the Nibelung" by Richard Wagner who gave new life to the German myth of the Nibelungs.
Das Rheingold is the first of the four Ring operas,
it sets the scene with the theft of the Rhine gold, first by Alberich and
then Wotan on behalf of the giants on a train of greed that will inexorably lead
to the demise of the gods.
Die Götterdämmerung is the
fourth and final Ring opera. Brünnhilde now has the Ring, given to her by Siegfried.
But evil Hagen dupes Siegfried into betraying his love for Brünnhilde, and the Ring is returned to Siegfried. On the banks of the Rhine, Hagen murders Siegfried.
A distraught Brünnhilde takes the Ring from her dead lover and rides into her
funeral pyre. Hagen snatches the Ring but is drowned in the flooding Rhine by the
Rhinemaidens. The Ring returns to the Rhine. Valhalla goes up in flames of Apocalypse, marking the end time of gods.
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