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Seductive mermaids, forever tempting men with their beautiful siren songs. These three luscious nixies, a trio of sisters named Woglinde, Wellgunde, and Flosshilde, begin and end the “Ring.” For Seattle Opera’s production, the Rhine Daughters must also train as aerialists, because they spend much of their performance suspended twenty to thirty feet above the stage floor as their characters swim about in the river. The soprano who sings the highest member of this trio, Woglinde, also sings the important role of the Forest Bird in the opera “Siegfried.”
Musical example from Act Three of “Götterdämmerung,” singers and orchestra of Seattle Opera conducted by Robert Spano. Photo by Rozarii Lynch.