Opera 100: An opera synopsis in just one hundred words!

Composer: Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Librettist: The Composer
Pressurised into revealing the youthful Siegfried’s parentage the wily Nibelung Mime produces splinters of the sword Nothung, which Siegfried re-forges. Encouraged by Mime Siegfried kills the dragon Fafner, a giant transformed by the magic Tarnhelm, who possesses the ring of power. Accidentally licking dragon-blood Siegfried understands birdsong and, warned, slays duplicitous Mime and finds both ring and Tarnhelm. Guided by a woodbird towards the rocks, he encounters the disguised Wotan blocking the way. Siegfried shatters Wotan’s spear and godly authority, penetrates the defensive magic fire and awakens the sleeping Valkyrie, Brünnhilde. Initially resistant, she succumbs and they fall in love.


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