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n. Mythology
An important god in the religion of the Germanic tribes of pre-Christian Germany, corresponding to the Norse god Odin.

[German, from Middle High German, from Old High German Wuotan; see wet- in Indo-European roots.]
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(ˈvəʊtɑːn; ˈvɔː-)
(European Myth & Legend) the supreme god in Germanic mythology. Norse counterpart: Odin
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Noun1.Wotan - supreme Teutonic god; counterpart of Norse Odin and Anglo-Saxon Woden
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Singing and acting are of a very high standard, with Sir Donald McIntyre bringing all his wise experience to the anguished, desperate Wotan, Annemarie Sand a properly enchanting Sieglinde and Jenny Miller a fiery Brunnhilde.
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The opera has notable cast, including tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek playing the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde while Greer Grimsley sings Wotan and Philippe Jordan conducts.
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woTan He made his debut as Wotan in Wagner's Ring Cycle in 2004 at the Royal Opera House, prompting many to describe the singer as "fulfilling his destiny".