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Brunnhilde Is Suicide Bomber in English National Opera's Ring

By Ben Mattison
04 Apr 2005

In the closing scene of the English National Opera's new production of Wagner's Götterdämmerung, Brunnhilde immolates herself by detonating a jacket packed with explosives, the London Observer reports.

The production, the final episode in the ENO's Ring cycle, opened at the London Coliseum on April 2.

Director Phyllida Lloyd, a theater and opera veteran, told the paper that the image of a suicide bombing was appropriate. "Bunnhilde destroys everything that is poisonous," she said. "We are seeing a world that has gone to hell."

"We did not need to manipulate anything in order for it to seem contemporary," she added. "Almost everything about this opera resonates with the world around us. There is greed, terror, betrayal, and a voracious appetite for power."

Traditionally, Brunnhilde rides her horse into a blazing pyre in the scene.




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