The acrobatic Rhinemaidens
were also strong-voiced, and the choice to cast Blythe as the Second Norn (with Luretta Bybee as the First, and the Sieglinde, Margaret Jane Wray, as the Third) was truly gold-standard cycling.
Each of the stories told by nearly every character-the Rhinemaidens
, Loge, Erda, Siegmund, etc.
In the end the Rhinemaidens
, whose precious ring was pinched back in 2011 by the dwarf Alberich, had their stolen goods returned but only at a terrible price.
The dwarf Alberich has stolen a hoard of gold from the seductive trio of Rhinemaidens
, and has used it to forge a ring which makes the wearer all-powerful.
Wagner's Dream contains a fleeting offstage lament by one of the Rhinemaidens
, captured right after the embarrassing opening-night failure of Lepage's rainbow bridge: "Bummer, dude
, combing their hair, dance and sing to lure the listener.
In Wagner too there are significant groups, says Simon, 'Apart from the group of Gods which is rather like a dysfunctional family, there are the three Rhinemaidens
, the three Norns and of course the famous Valkyries.
These mermaids manage to recall Prufrock's illusory sirens and Wagner's Rhinemaidens
, as well as a feminist consciousness of lifeless stereotypes, while making an understated comment on American militarism.
made lovely sounds despite their bothersome business; the Norns were good, too, and I admired their sangfroid amid the Machine's unnervingly seesawing slats.
And at the end of the interval you are summoned back to the Hall of Mirrors by a trio of Alpenhorns (such splendid instruments, but be careful how you step around them), and sounding just like Wagner's Rhinemaidens