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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...

A Study of Form in Wagner’s Compositional Technique

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Most students of Wagner are aware of the work of Alfred Lorenz, who studiously (some might say tediously)  argued that Wagner’s compositional techniques were recognizably in bar (AAB) or bogen (ABA) form, albeit on a mammoth scale.  Many contemporary scholars consider Lorenz’ conclusions to be tortured.  This conclusion is sometimes placed in context with Lorenz’ participation...

Tristan Act II — Goerke, Gould, Groissböck and Gubanova

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On November 17, 2019, the National Symphony Orchestra offered a concert presentation of Tristan und Isolde Act II in a loud, enthusiastic and splendid performance at David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center.  Conductor Gianandrea Noseda  led a virtuoso sprawling group of fine musicians, but with his back to the soloists and creating a sound that was unmitigated by an orchestra pit.  As a result the...

The Death and Heroism of Siegfried

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In his thin and challenging book, The Trouble with Wagner, Prof. Michael Steinberg of Brown University shares a dramaturge's perspective on the Ring Cycle -- both from his academic scrutiny and from the experience of acting in the position of dramaturge in the production of the work recently staged at La Scala and Berlin State Opera and directed by Guy Cassiers...

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