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Report on the Budapest Ring

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A subscriber writes: The good news is that the Budapest Ring was a staged performance over four consecutive days with (some) outstanding singers and a fine orchestra, performed in a modern, comfortable and acoustically fine venue, the Bela Bartok National Concert Hall.  This format does not lend itself to any significant interpretative direction: no updating […]

Parsifal: Musical DNA

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A subscriber writes: Since its premiere in 1882, countless thousands of words have been written about the meaning of Wagner’s most challenging work, Parsifal. The text has been scrutinized and analyzed by devotees and detractors alike. These discussions are nearly always fascinating, often confusing, and occasionally ill-informed, and to their number I am certainly unequal […]

Alex Ross on Wagner’s Influences on Our World

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Jeannie Williams is a crackerjack thinker, a hardworking writer, and an indefatigable proponent of things operatic and, particularly, Wagnerian.  Jeannie kindly allowed me to share her informal report on a recent presentation by New Yorker music critic Alex Ross:

1813 Wagner and Verdi

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A subscriber advises as follows: Fellow Wagnerians I’ve just discovered and ordered a new title on Wagner & Verdi, entitled ‘1813 Wagner and Verdi’ by an australian author, Peter Bassett. The author has a website which is worth checking out www.peterbassett.com.au Pat

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