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Gutrune


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(Wagner: Götterdämmerung). Sop. A Gibichung, sister of Gunther and half‐sister of Hagen. It is Hagen who suggests that Gutrune should marry and when she hears about Siegfried she is attracted to him as a suitable husband. When he comes to visit them, she gives him a potion which makes him forget about Brünnhilde and their love, and he falls in love with Gutrune. Brünnhilde, brought to the Gibichungs’ hall as a bride for Gunther, swears that she and Siegfried were married. Despite all his denials, Gutrune has doubts. Hagen and the vassals return from their hunting trip carrying Siegfried's body. Gutrune is distraught, but is brushed aside by Brünnhilde as if she were just a silly little girl. She rejects Gunther's sympathy, realizing that between them he and Hagen are responsible for Siegfried's death. Created (1876) by Matilde Weckerlin.

Subjects: Opera.


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