"The Ring of The Nibelung" by Richard Wagner, Operas by Verdi, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini

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"The Ring of the Nibelung" - Richard Wagner - "Der Ring des Nibelungen"

This site 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. You will find here a wealth of information about all major classic operas, composers, conductors and singers. Explore this site, listen to the music, view the free operas, page through the gallery of illustrations. To get your free password and login click here! To go to operas click on images!

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"The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R.Tolkien is a sweet movie for the kids - "The Ring of the Nibelung" by Richard Wagner is a prophecy for the III Millennium, more powerful than Nostradamus! The Ring by its sheer size and unattainable height towers like a Pyramid over musical landscape! Meet the genius composer Richard Wagner and the magician conductor Herbert von Karajan.

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If you are a veteran Wagnerite looking for the fine detail and profound analysis of "The Ring", go to the Book link, where we publish online "The Bible of the Ring" by Wagner authority professor Bruno Lussato. Join the Fan-Club!

Visit the illustrations gallery with drawings by Arthur Rackham, Franz Stassen, Zinoviev! View the new animated free movie "In the Eye of the Ring" turned on drawings by Arthur Rackham.

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Browse through our Best of Opera selection! Wagner, Verdi, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, Bizet, Salieri, Haendel, Strauss... Click on the opera title to read synopsis and view Rigoletto (Opera film by Ponnelle), La Bohème, Don Giovanni, Tosca, Otello, La Traviata, The Magic Flute (Opera film by Ingmar Bergman), Cosi fan tutte, Il Barbiere, La Cenerentola, Xerxes, Il Trovatore, Don Carlos, Madama Butterfly, Carmen, Falstaff, Die Fledermaus!

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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 Walküre introduces Brünnhilde, daughter of the mighty god, Wotan. Brünnhilde's attempts to protect the siblings-lovers Siegmund and Sieglinde infuriates Wotan, he encircles his disobedient daughter with a ring of fire that only a hero can break. Die Walküre features the "Ride of the Valkyries" the superhit from the Ring cycle widely known thanks to the movie "Apocalypse Now".
Siegfried introduces the hero, Siegfried, son of the demi-gods Siegmund and Sieglinde. Though raised by the dwarf Mime, Siegfried discovers his true identity and forges the magic sword, Nothung, with which he slays Mime and the dragon Fafner. He then defies the Wanderer (Wotan in disguise) and rescues sleeping Brünnhilde from the ring of fire. The opera ends with their radiant love song.

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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, marking the end of the reign of the gods.

The irony of history is that Richard Wagner was Hitler's favorite composer and Nazi symbol...

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