46. Der Ring des Nibelungen (Richard Wagner)

“The Teutonic reputation for brutality is well-founded.  Their operas last three or four days.  And they have no word for ‘fluffy’.” – Blackadder A cursed magic ring; the forging of a broken sword; giants, dwarves, dragons, and Valkyries; and the downfall of the gods in a fiery cataclysm – combined with German philosophy, radical politics, … Continue reading 46. Der Ring des Nibelungen (Richard Wagner)

31. Der Cid (Cornelius)

  DER CID Lyrisches Drama in 3 Acts Music and libretto by Peter Cornelius First performed: Weimar, 21 May 1865, conducted by Carl Stor FERNANDO, King of CastileTenor LUYN CALVO, BishopBass CHIMENE, Countess of LozanSoprano RUY DIAZ, Count of Vibar, called CampeadorBaritone ALVAR FANEZTenor PELAEZ  A Herald   SETTING: Burgos, Spain, around the year 1064 ★★ Peter Cornelius was one of those … Continue reading 31. Der Cid (Cornelius)