from Act III, Scene 3 of the German opera Die Walküre
by Richard Wagner
Libretto: Richard Wagner
, the ruler of the gods, father of Siegmund and Sieglinde, husband of Fricka
Voice Part: bass-baritone Fach: dramatic baritone
Setting: a mountaintop, Germany, mythical times
Synopsis: Wotan says goodbye to his daughter, Brünnhilde, who he is putting to sleep until someone can get through the ring of fire around her to wake her up. Wotan is punishing her because she disobeyed his orders by warning Siegmund that Wotan is coming after him.