This season of broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera concludes on Classical 90.5 at 9:00 a.m. this Saturday, May 11th, with a performance of Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner, based on Norse mythology as told in the Volsunga Saga and the Poetic Edda. Götterdämmerung is the final of the four works that comprise the composer's opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. The performance will be sung in German and will run approximately five hours and thirty minutes. Fabio Luisi conducts.
The Ring cycle reaches its transcendent climax with a suspenseful tale of bravery and sacrifice, treachery and betrayal, destruction and renewal. The sacred union of Siegfried and Brünnhilde is threatened by three scheming siblings, one of whom was sired by Alberich to take possession of the ring. Driven by greed, their actions inevitably lead to chaos and destruction, until Brünnhilde—wise, pure of heart, heroic—steps forward to return the universe to its natural order and end the era of the gods in a final act of self-sacrifice.