The last 15 minutes of Richard Wagner's 16 hour long opera, The Ring of the Nibelung, sung by the Welsh soprano, Gwyneth Jones...
Brünnhilde's final address to the pantheon of gods in their New World Order glittering fortress.
Taking the Ring of power from the finger of the slain hero, Siegfried, she throws herself into the fire.
Valhalla buns down in flames with the gods inside.
The waters of the Rhine rise and consume the flames, putting out the fire.
In the beginning, the Ring was fashioned from gold stolen from the innocent Rhine Maidens...
Their gold is now returned, and the history of the world has gone full circle.
The world is redeemed, returns to nature, as it was in the beginning.
The Rhine Maidens dance with the Ring with joy!
O you, heavenly custodian of oaths!
Turn your gaze
on my great grief,
see your everlasting guilt!
Hear my lament,
everything I know,
all is now clear to me!
I hear your ravens
with dreaded desired tidings
I now send them both home.
Rest, rest now, o god!
of the water's depths,
you swimming daughters of the Rhine,
I thank you for your good counsel.
I give you
what you crave:
from my ashes
take it for your own!
The fire that consumes me
shall cleanse the ring from the curse!
You in the water,
wash it away
and keep pure
the gleaming gold
that was disastrously stolen from you.
Fly home, you ravens!
Recount to your master
what you have heard here by the Rhine!
Pass by Brünnhilde's rock:
direct Loge, who still
blazes there, to Valhalla;
for the end of the gods is nigh.
Thus do I throw this torch
at Valhalla's vaulting towers.