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Act I

In a terrible storm , Siegmund seeks shelter in Hunding's hut. Sieglinde presented to the weary a refreshing drink. They feel strangely drawn to each other . As Hunding returns home , Siegmund reports to the mistrustful his sad fate : When he returned home with the Father from the hunt , he found the house burned , killed his mother and his twin sister disappeared . In combat with an enemy clan he was separated from his father , whom he no longer was . Now he is unarmed on the run. As Hunding himself admits recognize as a member of this clan ; in-house he found the enemy.

For the night Siegmund protect the sacred rights of hospitality , but tomorrow he will be in danger of Revenge of the stem . Left alone , Siegmund calls on his father Walse , who had promised him the highest need a weapon (" A sword promised me the Father" ) . Because he thinks he , in the trunk of a giant ash tree that supports the structure of the house to see the illuminated handle of a sword. Sieglinde returns . She prepares Hunding a sleeping potion and has numbing Siegmund on the gun down . She tells him her own joyless story ( "The Men clan sat here in this room .") Without love, she had been married to Hunding , but at the wedding celebration an old man had appeared and have encountered that sword in the trunk of the ash tree. Only the fittest that could pull it out , it was determined. In a strange of emotion they recognize the old man in their common father Walse , who has the weapon his strong son shall accomplish the work of salvation for him reserved . Spring meets the hut with bright light (" winter storms avoided the Wonnemond "). Siegmund Sieglinde reveals himself . More violent they find each other (" your eyes glow ... Woeful indeed your name ? ... Siegmund I hot" ) . With mighty power he pulls the sword from the trunk and calls it " Excalibur " . In wild passion the couple rushes in the blossoming spring .

Act II

In a wild rocky mountains Wotan granted his favorite Valkyrie Brünnhilde commissioned to help Siegmund in his upcoming fight with Hunding to victory. Fricka however , the guardian of marriage , Hunding heard a lawsuit claiming of Wotan atonement for adultery and incest . He must swear her to revoke the command to Brünnhilde . In deep resignation he tells his favorite daughter of the impending end of the gods, by prophecy Erdas , of Alberich yet unborn son , and of his self-deception about Siegmund's nature as a free hero. He has indeed protected him by the given sword in distress (" As a young love like me faded "). Only the end of Wotan still longs cause . He orders Brünnhilde to let Siegmund subject in the fight against Hunding . Your opposition he opposes the threat of severe punishment.

On the run from Hunding , Sieglinde collapses exhausted. While Siegmund embeds loving him Brünnhilde (" Siegmund , look at me ") appears to proclaim him the imminent death . Defiantly, he says , not wanting to part with Sieglinde , rather he wanted to kill them. Since mercy Brünnhilde of the unfortunate hero and promises him against Wotan's bid help in a dispute with Hunding . But when she covers Siegmund in the fight with her ​​shield , kill him Wotan himself with his spear . With a contemptuous gesture, he also leaves Hunding dead fall to the ground . Then he hurries after the disobedient daughter who has taken with Sieglinde to escape.


At the top of the " Brünnhilde stone " all Valkyries gather to escort fallen heroes to Valhalla (" Ride of the Valkyries"). Since seamless Brünnhilde with the mindless , fearful Sieglinde and implores her sisters , to protect them from the raging Wotan, who persecute them . Sieglinde asks Brünnhilde to give her death, but as the Valkyrie revealed to her that they wear Siegmund's son under her heart , which had created the greatest of all hero, awakened new will to live in it ( "Oh hehrestes miracle" ) . Brünnhilde gives her the pieces of shattered by Wotan Siegmund's sword , with which Sieglinde flees . Then Brünnhilde faces the wrath of her father. His verdict is strict : it should not be more Valkyrie , to be banished from the circle of the gods, sink into a deep sleep and be the first man's wife who finds the way, and arouses . Horrified flee the Valkyries before Wotan's terrible spell ; Brünnhilde reminds Wotan with moving words because they wanted to meet only his original intention . Now Wotan softens his parable . An immense fire to surround the scene of their sleep and only a fearless hero will be able to win a wife. Stirred Wotan takes leave of his favorite child ( "Farewell , thou bold delightful child " ) , then he embeds Brünnhilde to sleep and summons Loge, who sets a fire ring around the site . Pain Meets looks back Wotan , he disappears through the sea of ​​flames .

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Bayreuth Festival

The Bayreuth Festival (German: Bayreuther Festspiele) is a music festival held annually in Bayreuth, Germany, at which performances of operas by the 19th-century German composer Richard Wagner are presented. Wagner himself conceived and promoted the idea of a special festival to showcase his own works, in particular his monumental cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen and Parsifal.

Performances take place in a specially designed theatre, the Bayreuth Festspielhaus. Wagner personally supervised the design and construction of the theatre, which contained many architectural innovations to accommodate the huge orchestras for which Wagner wrote as well as the composer's particular vision about the staging of his works. The Festival has become a pilgrimage destination for Wagner enthusiasts, who often must wait years to obtain tickets.

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