Friday, June 17, 2011

#168 / Wagner The Environmentalist

Das Rheingold, performed last Tuesday by the San Francisco Opera, is the first of the four operas that comprise Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle.

Gold, taken from its natural place in the waters of the Rhine, where the Rhinemaidens (pictured) have been stationed to guard it, is used to forge a ring that gives total power to its possessor.

The gold is taken, love is renounced, and it is all down hill from there, with three operas to go till we know the ultimate result.

Lesson so far: savaging Nature to acquire wealth and power is not a good idea!

1 comment:

  1. Yes, ...

    ...but there's also something here about romantic love, ...


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