A superb new translation of the libretto to Wagner’s Ring cycle
‘Smiling in sorrow
I sing of love’
The Ring of the Nibelung, Wagner’s epic cycle of four musical dramas about primal envy, cosmic conflict, the search for glory, spectacular self-sacrifice, redeeming human love and the downfall of gods, revolutionized the nature of opera and conjured up an entire mythological world. It is also one of the greatest texts ever written for the lyric stage, where words are not an adjunct to the music, but an essential part of a transformative experience. John Deathridge’s superb new facing page translation of the Ring libretto conveys the pungency and vitality of Wagner’s words, reflecting the work’s literary power while retaining its sense and dramatic energy.
Translated with an introduction and notes by John Deathridge