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

Composer: Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Librettist: The Composer
Siegfried leaves Brünnhilde the ring as love-token. He meets Gibichungs Gunther and Gutrune, and their half-brother Hagen, Alberich’s son. Drugged, Siegfried forgets his past. Ignoring her sister Waltraute’s warnings, Brünnhilde is captured by “Gunther”, actually Siegfried disguised by the Tarnhelm, losing the ring. Paraded before the Gibichungs Brünnhilde sees Siegfried with the ring, swearing revenge for her betrayal. Whilst hunting Siegfried is murdered by Hagen. Finally enlightened. Brünnhilde takes the ring from Siegfried’s corpse and immolates herself on his funeral pyre. As the Rhine floods the exultant Rhinemaidens reclaim their gold and Valhalla combusts ending the reign of the gods.


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