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Host Sean Bianco brings you a full-length opera featuring great voices from the past and present followed by “Opera Potpourri.”
Götterdämmerung is an opera by Richard Wagner. It is the fourth and last of the cycle of operas that together tell a story called Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). The story continues from the end of the third opera which was called Siegfried. "Götterdämmerung" is the German name for "Ragnarök".
Götterdämmerung is the longest of the four operas. It takes about five hours to perform. It consists of a prologue and three acts. Wagner finished composing the opera in the autumn of 1874. It was first performed on August 17, 1876 as part of the complete Ring cycle.
Brunnhilde – Marjorie Lawrence
Siegfried – Lauritz Melchoir
Gunther – Fredrich Schorr
Artur Bodanzky – conductor
Recorded live at the MET January 11, 1936