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Richard Wagner and the Valhalla state of mind

Richard Wagner's monumental Ring Cycle dramatises the eternal conflict between political power and human love

By Roger Scruton   July 2016

World without end: a production of Richard Wagner's Götterdämmerung, the last opera in the Ring Cycle, at the China National Opera House in Beijing in 2015 ©Jin Liangkuai/Xinhua/Alamy Live News

Richard Wagner’s four-opera cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen, which he began in 1848 and on which he worked over the next two decades, is a comprehensive re-working of Old Norse…

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