The thread of fate of the Norns breaks, the world comes apart at the seams, the gods watch idly their own downfall. The humans fight for supremacy. Brünnhilde and Siegfried are drawn into these power games, essentially initiated by Hagen, the son of the first Ring owner Alberich. Siegfried falls - his death becomes the harbinger of a catastrophe from which, however, hope for something new can arise.

With the "Götterdämmerung" Wagner sets the capstone to his monumental four-part opus, which he conceived under the impression of the revolution of 1848/49 and completed in 1874 after many efforts and a longer interruption. In many ways, the thematic as well as musical lines are interwoven, exceedingly artful and complex. The plot lines and threads, even those that had almost been forgotten in the meantime, are taken up again, in the sense of a great drama unfolded down to the last ramifications. The idea for a heroic epic with the title "Siegfried's Death" - from which the later "Götterdämmerung" was developed with further horizons - had formed the nucleus of the "Ring". Wagner successively drafted the prequels to it, inspired by old Norse sagas and legends, so that the world of the gods was brought together with that of man. In doing so, he mirrored his own present and leaves us today infinite room for our own interpretations and reflections.

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