Over the next several months (perhaps years, we’ll see) I planÂ to write a series of essays on Wagner’s Ring. Though it is comprised of four operas (Das Rheingold, Die WalkÃ¼re, Siegfried, and GÃ¶tterdÃ¤mmerung) it is one organic work. To begin I will lay the groundwork by providing a synopsis of each opera. There are many synopses available already (the Metropolitan Opera web site is a good source), but most are too brief for my purposes. These will appear at irregular intervals and often out of order. The first offering is Act I of Die WalkÃ¼re.