"I felt like one of Wagner's demi-gods"
Richard Wagner
Public DomainRichard Wagner - Credit: Franz Hanfstaengl

Richard Wagner (1813–1883) was a German composer known for his ambitious mythological operas. He rejected traditional forms of the opera, introducing his "complete art" music dramas that combined poetry, music, design and theatre.

The Valkyries
Public DomainThe Valkyries - Credit: John Charles Dollman
Wagner's Ring des Nibelungen, based on Nordic mythology, features a number of full gods, including Wotan/Odin, Freya/Freia, Donner/Thor, Loge/Loki and Erda/Mother Earth.  The Valkyries (Wotan's daughters by Erda), and the Norns (Fates, also Erda's daughters) might be considered demi-gods.

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Das Rheingold - Prelude

Die Walküre - The Ride of the Valkyries

Götterdämmerung - Siegfried's Funeral March