“Das Rheingold”, by Richard Wagner, premiered on September 22 1869, at the National Theatre, Munich

“In the depths of the Rhine, the three Rhinemaidens guard the Rhinegold, a treasure of immeasurable value. The Nibelung dwarf Alberich is dazzled by the sight of it. The girls explain that whoever wins the gold and forges it into a ring will gain power over the world, but must first renounce love. Frustrated by his unsuccessful attempts to catch one of the girls, Alberich curses love and steals the gold.” (Synopsis excerpt from a Metropolitan Opera publication)

Depiction of Alberich stealing the gold, printed for the 1876 production

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