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Götterdämmerung
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Sung in German with projected English translation

Age

Appropriate for all ages

Running Time

5 hours and 30 minutes

Subject

The curse of the Ring continues as potions lead to betrayals, deception, and murder.

Siegfried and Brünnhilde are tricked by Gutrune, Gunther, and Hagen at the Gibichung castle. Siegfried retrieves the ring and is slain before Brünnhilde understands the deceit. In her rage, Brünnhilde takes the ring and plunges through her lover's funeral pyre and into the Rhine to restore the ring to its rightful owners.

The flames of the pyre spread, destroying Valhalla and the gods. Brünnhilde's sacrifice has broken the ring's curse and a new beginning is possible.

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Giving Brünnhilde the ring as a pledge of his love, Siegfried travels down the Rhine River in pursuit of heroic challenges. He arrives at the Gibichung hall, where the leader, Gunther, and his half-brother Hagen (the son of Alberich) give him a potion that makes him forget Brünnhilde and fall in love with their sister, Gutrune. In return for Gutrune’s hand, Siegfried agrees to win Brünnhilde for Gunther. Using the Tarnhelm, Siegfried takes on Gunther’s appearance, breaks through the flames to reach Brünnhilde, and tears the ring from her hand. When Brünnhilde is brought to the Gibichung hall, she is shocked to see Siegfried there, with the ring on his hand. Believing him unfaithful, she plots with Hagen, who kills Siegfried. Brünnhilde orders a funeral pyre to be built on the banks of the Rhine. Denouncing the gods for their guilt in Siegfried’s death, she returns the ring to the Rhinemaidens and walks into the flames. The river overflows and the Rhinemaidens drag Hagen to his death in the water. The fire spreads and begins to consume Valhalla. The old order has perished.