from Scene 4 of the German opera Das Rheingold
by Richard Wagner
Libretto: Richard Wagner
, the goddess of the earth
Voice Part: contralto Fach: contralto
Setting: an open spot on a mountaintop, Germany, mythical times
Synopsis: Erda rises from the earth to give a warning to Wotan and the rest of the gods. She cautions that if Wotan continues to have anything to do with the magic all-powerful Ring of the Nibelungs, the gods will be eventually thrown from power.