Opera 100

Here we write a 100-word précis of numerous opera plots. This is an ongoing and serendipitous series, the idea being to present the storyline in an instant.

Nibelung Alberich forswears love, seizes the Rhinegold forging a ring of power. Losing it to the god Wotan he curses it. Wotan is forced to yield it to the giant...
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...
The fugitive Siegmund, the god Wotan’s mortal son, meets his twin sister Sieglinde, trapped in loveless marriage to Hunding. Sieglinde drugs Hunding, Siegmund obtains the magic sword Nothung, and the...
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...
Taunted by the Rhinemaidens the Nibelung Alberich forswears love and snatches their gold. He forges the ring of power and forces his brother Mime to make the transforming Tarnhelm. Wotan,...
Escaped political prisoner Angelotti is discovered in church by sympathetic artist Cavaradossi. Initially Cavaradossi conceals this from his diva lover, jealous Floria Tosca. Sadistic policeman Scarpia arrives. Insinuating Cavaradossi has...
In Peking, Calaf finds his father Timur, a blind exiled king, escorted by the slave-girl Liù. Calaf glimpses the imperious princess Turandot and is immediately smitten. Ignoring protestations from his...
The disguised Don Giovanni kills Donna Anna’s father, the Commendatore, whilst attempting his 2066th seduction! Fleeing with his servant Leporello he encounters the embittered Donna Elvira, a former conquest still...
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