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Waltraute


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(Wagner: Die Walküre; Götterdämmerung). Mez. One of the nine Valkyries, daughters of Wotan and Erda.

Die Walküre: Waltraute appears only as one of the group, though it is she who has the most to say. She tells her sisters that Wotan would be angry if they deliver their dead heroes to him before Brünnhilde has rejoined them.

Götterdämmerung: Waltraute is the only one of the Valkyries who appears in this opera. Without telling her father, who has forbidden his other daughters to have any contact with Brünnhilde, she has gone to visit her. She warns of the inevitable downfall of the gods and tells Brünnhilde that in her absence Wotan has set off to wander the world. Waltraute pleads with her sister to return the Ring to the Rhine whence it came. But Brünnhilde is deaf to her pleas—for her the Ring is a symbol of Siegfried's love and she will not give it up. Aria (known as Waltraute's Narration): Höre mit Sinn, was ich dir sage! (‘Listen sensibly to what I have to say to you!’). Created (W. 1870) by Fräulein Müller; (G. 1876) by Luise Jaide.

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