Magic Fire (1955)


Over Christmas I was sitting in front of the fire while my son fooled with the TV remote, flipping between two football games while checking his texts on the iPhone, and played with his two-year old daughter while offering enthusiastic and unsolicited advice about how cool Amazon Prime is. People my age ought to be […]

New Magic Flute Film


My first exposure to Mozart’s delightful singspiel, Die Zauberflöte, was in 1976 when I saw the TV film by Ingmar Bergman.  I was young in my Mozart appreciation development, and learned an enormous amount by Bergman’s treatment of the overture.  He did it as a 7-minute long segment in which the face of a young girl […]

New YouTube Channel on NY Wagner Society Events


The Richard Wagner Society of New York is the largest Society in North America.  For years it has offered U.S. Wagnerians opportunties “to learn, to teach, to share,” as its motto goes.  Now it has established a site on YouTube that permits Wagnerians around the world to delight in some of its many offerings. The site […]

Documentary on Jay Hunter Morris


Just in time for the premiere of the new production of Götterdämmerung at the Met, PBS has offered a brief, charming mini-documentary on Jay Hunter Morris’ last-minute preparations for performing Siegfried last Fall. (See this blog’s report of that performance here.) It is a charming account, full of delight and backstage wonder.  The film starts […]

Beautiful 1913 Wagner BioPic Released on DVD


In 2006 I viewed a full-length silent film by German filmmaker Carl Frölich titled The Life and Works of Richard Wagner.  It featured an astounding performance by actor/composer Giuseppe Becce.  Now, praise the heavens, a version of the film has been released and is available for purchase on DVD. The film had previously been shown at […]

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