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Cooper Memorial Library will present
Richard Wagner's classic opera, "Das Rheingold"

Richard WagnerThe Friends of the Cooper Memorial Library will host Richard Wagner's Das Rheingold during Opera@the Library on Monday, January 23 at 1:45pm in room 108 B.

Das Rheingold (The Rhinegold) is the first of the four music dramas that constitutes Richard Wagner's massive Der Ring des Nibelungen, or in English, "The Ring of the Nibelung."

Das Rheingold premiered at the National Theatre, Munich, on September 22, 1869. Wagner wanted this work to premiere as part of the entire cycle, but was forced to allow the performance at the insistence of his patron King Ludwig II of Bavaria.

The work was first performed as part of the complete cycle on August 13, 1876, in the Bayreuth Festspielhaus. Although Das Rheingold comes first in the sequence of the Ring operas, it was the last to be conceived.

Wagner's plans for the cycle grew backwards from the tale of the death of the hero Siegfried, to include his youth and then the story of the events around his conception and of how the Valkyrie Brunnhilde was punished for trying to save his parents against Wotan's instructions.

It continues to be performed o7 a regular basis both in Bayreuth and elsewhere in the world.

"This is a free program with English subtitles and we hope to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of this beautiful art form." said Dennis Smolarek of the library. "Light refreshments will be provided during intermission for our guests."

For more information about Opera@the Library programs and their other special events, visit their web presence at or contact Smolarek at 352-536-2275 or email at