Richard Wagner's Operas

Der Ring des Nibelungen (1848-76)
Ein Bühnenfestispiel für drei Tage und einen Vorabend

Libretto: Richard Wagner
Vorabend: Rheingold
Erster Tag: Die Walküre
Zweiter Tag: Siegfried
Dritter Tag: Götterdämmerung
Premiere (of the whole cycle): August 13, 14, 16, 17, 1876 Festspielhaus Baureuth


You can read a synopsis of the plot, written by Topi Ylinen. I am grateful both to Topi Ylinen and to Matt Kelland (UK Online) who gave me the html version of this synopisis.

I have gathered here also some e-mails written by Dr. Jane Ennis for OPERA-L discussion list. These e-mails are based on her dissertation that deals with the relationship between Wagner's Ring and William Morris' Sigurd the Volsung. Because there was so many messages, I have saved them in five parts:

Wagner's Sources - 1
Wagner's Sources - 2
Wagner's Sources - 3
Wagner's Sources - 4
Wagner's Sources - 5

Many thanks for Jane Ennis for giving the permission to publish her texts here, and for the listowner Bob Kosovsky for helping me to find the e-mails.


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Compiled by Hannu Salmi.