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nix

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nixie,

in Germanic mythology, water sprite. The nixes could assume various shapes, most frequently as half human and half fish. They could do favors for humans, particularly in teaching them bewitching music, but for the most part they were treacherous and malignant.
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Lastly, there was no majestic rainbow entry into Valhalla, instead the curtain fell on the Gods arriving at the casde amidst a Canadian winter storm while the Rhinemaidens, in the orchestra pit, called for the return of their shining treasure.
Smaller roles are cast as only the Metropolitan Opera can, although the famous Ride of the Valkyries suffers from poor balance between the onstage and offstage voices, and the singing of the Rhinemaidens is more noticeably ragged when the captivating visuals of the production are not in play.
The opera, which opened on Saturday, presented the Rhinemaidens in the opening scene in nothing but strategically placed hair.
The feathery, banter of the Rhinemaidens scene, which begins the last act of Gotterdammerung and is clearly intended by Wagner to provide the lightness that will accentuate the grimness of the oncoming tragedy, is often treated coarsely or farcically: here as elsewhere the touch was perfect.
From below the rainbow bridge, the Rhinemaidens sing that the truth on
Some memorable moments in this engrossing Ring: the blithe spectacle of the ethereal Rhinemaidens "swimming" through the air; the hearty, back-slapping camaraderie of the female warriors, the Valkyries; the subtly inflected dynamics within the family of ancient Scandinavian uber-god Wotan; and such poignant intimacies as the instant when the doomed Siegmund tenderly pulls a ribbon from the hair of his beloved Sieglinde.
God forbid that such embodiments of cult kitsch as Schweninger's Portrait of Wagner at Home in Villa Wahnfried or Echter's Munich fresco Alberich Stealing the Gold from the Rhinemaidens should be subjected to nothing but solemn and pious exegesis.
In 1876 the theatre opened with a performance of Der Ring des Nihelungen, with Rhinemaidens strapped to tall trolleys energetically trundled around by unseen stagehands.
The great symbolic beginning of the cycle occurs in Rheingold when the misshapen Nibelung dwarf Alberich, in an act of original sin, steals the Rheingold, a lump of gold watched over in the river by three Rhinemaidens. He forswears love and gets the gold, which he then fashions into a ring that gives him unlimited power.