Music: king's End

Hagen speared the fear-proof Siegfried in the back, Brünnhilde lit his funeral pyre, the fateful ring went back to the Rhine whence it had come, Valhalla, symbol of the gods' greed, flamed in the distance—and at Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera House the curtain went down last Week on Richard Wagner's Goötterdäammerunmg, ended a cycle of the Nibelungen Ring operas* which New Yorkers will long remember.

Three new German singers have helped to make this season's Ring performances surpass those of many years: Soprano Frida Leider, whose Briinnhilde last week made startlingly credible the...

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