Siegfried und Fafnir - Zac Sawyer 2015 Picture

Siegfried erschlägt den Drachen Fafnir

Siegfried is the third of the four operas that constitute Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), by Richard Wagner. It premiered at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus on 16 August 1876, as part of the first complete performance of The Ring. This part of the opera is primarily inspired by the story of the legendary hero Siegfried in Norse mythology. Siegfried is a young man without fear. Here he has just slain Fafnir, (a giant who had transformed himself into a dragon, using the magic Tarnhelm), and who is guarding the Nibelung gold, which includes the Ring.

Image based on a scene from Fritz Lang's 'Nibelungen'
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