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The Wagner Blog is a forum for discussion of contemporary themes arising from the works of Richard Wagner. Discussions relating to Wagner’s musical, literary, theatrical, philosophical, political and theoretic work are all appropriate for this forum.

Looking Ahead at Leipzig

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I’ve wasted enough time mourning the performances I had planned to attend but that dissolved in pandemic mist.  The Chicago Ring in April; the Paris Ring in November/December; the Dresden Ring in January/February; the Met Tristan; the Vienna Parsifal. No more looking in the rear view mirror!  I’ve had it with converting airplane reservations into flight certificates!  I’ve...

Goodall’s Romantic Ring

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I took a Road Trip in August and brought along some Bach chamber music, the complete Bruckner Symphonies, and Reginald Goodall’s EMI recording of the Ring, from performances at the Coliseum in 1977.  I first attended the Ring in late 1976 at the Coliseum and so these English language recordings claim a special place in my heart. I’ve dipped into them now and then, and when I did so...

Roger Scruton’s Posthumous Volume on Parsifal

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The late philosopher Roger Scruton wrote two valuable studies of Wagner’s mature works:  Death-Devoted Heart: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde (2004) and The Ring of Truth: The Wisdom of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung (2016).  At the time of his death on January 12, 2020, Scruton had completed but not published his third and final Wagner study, Wagner’s...

Met Parsifal Soothes and Inspires

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The confluence of self-isolation, Lententimes, and personal habit found me in front of the TV yesterday to watch the Blue-Ray recording of the Metropolitan Opera’s current production of Parsifal, dating from 2013.  The conductor is Daniele Gatti, the stage director is François Girard, and the cast includes Jonas Kaufman, Peter Mattei, René Pape, Katrina Dalayman and Evgeny Nikitin. The...

Wagner’s Contributions to Theatre: “Curtain, Gong and Steam”

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Broad misunderstanding persists concerning Richard Wagner’s contributions to the theatre generally, and to theatrical production in particular.  Seen as he is primarily as a composer, Wagner’s theatrical insights have prompted only tangentially, and relatively recently, the scholarship it deserves. Popular appreciation of Wagner’s contributions to theatre is even less...

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