Epic Introduction: Wagner's 'Das Rheingold'

THE INTRODUCTION





THE HIT SINGLE: "Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla"

 

Das Rheingold ends as the gods cross the rainbow bridge into their new home. As that famous passage opens, Wotan (bass-baritone Wolfgang Koch) beckons his wife Fricka (mezzo-soprano Claudio Mahnke) towards the entryway. But as they proceed, the fire god Loge (tenor Norbert Ernst) senses that they're doomed, and thinks about engulfing them all in flames, while the Rhinemaidens are heard below, lamenting the loss of their precious gold.