Ring of the nibelung

Ring of the Nibelung, The

Richard Wagner's tetralogy of music dramas: Das Rheingold (completed 1869), Die Walküre (completed 1870), Siegfried (completed 1876), and Götterdämmerung (completed 1876): the cycle was first performed at Bayreuth, 1876.
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Ring of the Nibelung
1.  German myth a magic ring on which the dwarf Alberich placed a curse after it was stolen from him
2.  Often shortened to: The Ring the four operas by Wagner, Das Rheingold (1869), Die Walküre (1870), Siegfried (1876), and Götterdämmerung (1876), based on this myth

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Ring of the Nibelung [(nee-buh-loong)]

A series of four operas by Richard Wagner, based on stories from Norse mythology; the central story is that of Siegfried and Brünnhilde. As the Ring ends, the gods are about to be overcome. The four operas of the Ring are The Rhinegold, The Valkyrie, Siegfried, and The Twilight of the Gods.

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