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How many operas make up the Ring cycle?
There are four operas in the Ring cycle: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung
One of the four parts of the Ring is the longest single stretch of unbroken music in the Western world. Which is it?
It's Das Rheingold. The opening opera of the cycle comes in at about two and half hours.
What is the name of the dwarf who steals the Rhine gold from the Rhine maidens at the beginning of the cycle?
It's Alberich, who embodies dDsire at its crudest and least attractive
Which famous section of the Ring cycle accompanies this scene in the film Apocalypse Now?
Prelude from Das Rheingold
Correct! It's the Ride of the Valkyries which is used in the 1979 film set during the Vietnam War
Immolation scene from Götterdämmerung
Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre
Which character rescues the valkyrie Brünnhilde from the ring of fire in which she's been imprisoned by her father Wotan?
Correct! Siegfried is the son of Sieglinde and Siegmund but has been raised by the dwarf Mime, who tries to make him into little more than a weapon
What does the title Götterdämmerung translate as?
The quest for the ring
A new dawn
It translates as 'Twilight of the gods'. At the end of the opera Brünnhilde rides into Siegfried's funeral pyre, taking the Ring of Rhine gold with her.
Twilight of the gods
Who is conducting the Ring at the BBC Proms 2013 in the first ever performance of the cycle in a single season?
Sir Simon Rattle
Sir Mark Elder
Correct! It's Daniel Barenboim and he's conducting the forces of the Staatskapelle Berlin.
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