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(Wagner: Das Rheingold; Die Walküre). Mez. Goddess of marriage, wife of Wotan, and sister of Freia, Donner, and Froh.

Das Rheingold: Fricka is horrified by her husband's contract with the giants—they will build Valhalla and he will give them Freia in payment. She does her best to comfort her sister. Hearing of the Rhine gold from Loge, Fricka is attracted by the prospect of owning the hoard. The giants remove Freia as hostage while Wotan thinks about whether to give them the gold as payment instead of his sister‐in‐law. After the giants have been paid and Freia has been freed, Fricka joins Wotan in leading the gods across the rainbow bridge to Valhalla. Aria (with Wotan): Wotan! Gemahl! erwache! (‘Wotan! Husband, awake!’).

Die Walküre: Fricka, as goddess of marriage, supports Hunding's right to revenge for the incestuous love between his wife Sieglinde and her brother Siegmund. Fricka's relationship with Wotan has deteriorated and she arrives in her carriage, drawn by rams, to find him on the mountain where his nine daughters by Erda live. Wotan refuses to help in seeking revenge for Hunding or to condemn the twins’ relationship and Fricka rails against him and his own unfaithfulness. She makes him promise that he will at least not protect Siegmund in battle and will forbid Brünnhilde to help him, warning him that if he ignores her, the gods will suffer. He gives his promise—Hagen kills Siegmund and Wotan then kills Hagen. Aria: So ist es denn aus mit den ewigen Götten? (‘So is it all over, then, with the eternal Gods?’).

Created (R. 1869) by Sophie Stehle; (W. 1870) by Anna Kaufmann.

Subjects: Opera.

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