08 November 2018

The Wagner Journal - November 2018 issue

Front cover illustration: The 20-year-old Alma Schindler-Mahler, photograph, 1900


The November 2018 issue (vol.12, no.3) of The Wagner Journal presents papers from the ‘Wagner 1900‘ conference held in April 2018 at Jesus College, Oxford, and contains the following feature articles:
  • ‘Manifestations of the Gesamtkunstwerk in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna‘ by Barry Millington
  • ‘ ‘‘Lonely Walk‘‘: an Unpublished Song by Alma Schindler-Mahler‘ by Deborah Calland and Barry Millington
  • ‘Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Arranged Mahler, Roller: The Will Made Visible‘ by Diane V. Silverthorne
  • ‘How a Women’s Network Kept Wagner’s Tradition Alive‘ by Eva Rieger
  • ‘Warning: Consuming Wagner Can be Hazardous to your Health: Tristan und Isolde and Death in Venice‘ by Nicholas Vazsonyi
  • ‘Guy and Doll, Isolde ohne Tristan and a Silent Soprano: Report on the ‘‘Wagner 1900‘‘ Conference‘ by Tash Siddiqui
plus reviews of: Lohengrin at Bayreuth and Covent Garden, Parsifal in Paris, Munich and Mannheim, Holländer at Longborough, Tristan und Isolde in Kassel, Rienzi in Innsbruck, plus the Hallé Rheingold on CD.
Published for the first time with this issue, as a special six-page supplement, is Alma Schindler-Mahler’s song Einsamer Gang

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08 October 2018

MY PARSIFAL CONDUCTOR, A Wagnerian Comedy

My Parsifal Conductor


Musical genius Richard Wagner (Eddie Korbich) and his devoted wife Cosima (Claire Brownell) find themselves in a moral, political and musical dilemma when King Ludwig of Bavaria (Carlo Bosticco) insists that the son of a rabbi, Hermann Levi (Geoffrey Cantor), conduct the premiere of Wagner’s sacred final opera, Parsifal.  In this comedic spin on real-life events, Maestro Levi must consider his complex relationship with the Wagners.  Does Art have its “special needs,” after all?  MY PARSIFAL CONDUCTOR is the World Premiere comedy that dares to probe that question.



Written by multiple EMMY Award-Winner Allan Leicht, MY PARSIFAL CONDUCTOR is directed by the founder of the New York’s Chelsea Theatre Center, Robert Kalfin and produced by the award-winning not-for-profit theatre company The Directors Company, by special arrangement with producer Ted Snowdon.

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27 July 2018

The Wagner Journal July 2018

The Wagner Journal (vol. 12, no. 2), contains the following feature articles:


• ‘Kierkegaard, Wagner and the Quest for Operatic Immediacy‘ by Leo Cabranes-Grant

• ‘Setting the Record Straight: Wendelin Weißheimer and the Wagners‘ by Katherine Syer

• ‘Wagner and Proust‘ by Jeffrey Swann

•‘From Death in Venice to The Magic Mountain: Thomas Mann‘s Ironic Response to Wagner‘ by William Kinderman

plus reviews of:

Dmitri Tcherniakov‘s Tristan und Isolde in Berlin and Pierre Audi‘s in Amsterdam; Alvis Hermanis‘ Parsifal in Vienna

CDs of the Ring cycle under Karajan

Books on the Hitler–Wagner nexus by Wolfram Pyta and Hans Rudolf Vaget

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26 July 2018

Yuval Sharon's Lohengrin on 3SAT Saturday 28 July 2018

Photo: Enrico Nawrath / Bayreuther Festspiele


Yuval Sharon's Lohengrin on 3SAT Saturday 28 July 2018 at 20:15: If you have access to the German TV channel 3SAT, you can watch the new Lohengrin production by director Yuval Sharon

Bayreuther Festspiele 2018: Lohengrin


Elsa    Anja Harteros
Lohengrin    Piotr Beczala
König Heinrich    Georg Zeppenfeld
Telramund    Tomasz Konieczny
Ortrud    Waltraud Meier

10 March 2018

The Wagner Journal March 2018

 The March 2018 issue of the Wagner Journal (vol.12, no.1) contains the following feature articles:
  • ‘Kindred Spirits of Meiningen and Bayreuth‘ by Edward A. Bortnichak and Paula M. Bortnichak
  • ‘Turning the Telescope Round‘ [article about Ernest Newman] by David Cormack
  • ‘Wagner and the Boryspil Pogrom: A Reply to Barry Emslie‘ by Derek Hughes
  • “Music Made Visible“: Sergei Eisenstein's Die Walküre and the Birth of Vertical Montage‘ by Hilan Warshaw
  • ‘Deluded Neurotic or Visionary Woman of the Future?: Senta Revalued‘ by Kate Hopkins
Plus reviews of:
  • Achim Freyer‘s Parsifal in Hamburg and Tobias Kratzer‘s Götterdämmerung in Karlsruhe
  • DVD of Christian Thielemann‘s homage to Herbert von Karajan's 1967 Salzburg Ring
  • CDs of the Naxos Siegfried under Jaap van Zweden, Mark Elder‘s Parsifal with the Hallé, and Wagner concert overtures under Jun Märkl
More here: The Wagner Journal

04 November 2017

The November 2017 Wagner Journal is out

The Wagner Journal


The November 2017 Wagner Journal (vol.11, no.3) is out. It contains the following feature articles:
  • 'Mahler's Parsifal' by Anna Stoll Knecht
  • 'The Volk That Wagner Loved to Hate: A Reply to Derek Hughes' by Barry Emslie
  • 'Mariano Fortuny and His Wagnerian Designs' by Wendy Ligon Smith
Plus reviews of:
  • Barrie Kosky's Die Meistersinger and Uwe Eric Laufenberg's Parsifal at Bayreuth, Dietrich W. Hilsdorf's Rheingold and Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson's Siegfried in Karlsruhe, Romeo Castellucci's Tannhäuser in Munich, August Everding's Der fliegende Holländer at the Met and Christian Spuck's Holländer in Berlin.
  • DVD of 'The Becoming of the Mannheim Ring'
  • CDs of Hans Knappertsbusch's pioneering 1950–51 Meistersinger with Paul Schöffler as Hans Sachs, Mark Elder's new Lohengrin with Klaus Florian Vogt in the title role, compilations of Ticho Parly and Johan Botha, the Symphonies in C and E major under Jun Märkl, Declarations of Love (piano works and songs by Wagner for Mathilde Wesendonck and Cosima Wagner) and piano music by Liszt and Wagner played by Imogen Cooper.
  • The Richard Wagner Sämtliche Werke (31 vols) and Christopher Fifield's new edition of Hans Richter
More here: The Wagner Journal

05 July 2017

'Freud and Parsifal' issue of the Wagner Journal is out

The July 2017 Wagner Journal (vol.11, no.2) is now out. It is a special 'Freud and Parsifal' issue containing the following feature articles:
  • 'Parsifal as Castration Drama' by Ivan Ward
  • 'Wagner, Freud and Nietzsche in Berlin' by Tom DeRose
  • 'Wagner's Parsifal: a Hymn of Purity' by Stephen Gee
  • 'Kundry's Kiss and the Fear of Female Desire: a Gender Perspective' by Eva Rieger
  • 'Interpreting Wagner's Dreams: Staging Parsifal in the Twenty-first Century' by Mark Berry
  • 'Syberberg's Parsifal and the Soul of Germany' by Patrick Carnegy
plus reviews of: Kasper Holten's Die Meistersinger at Covent Garden, Keith Warner's Wahnfried in Karlsruhe, productions of Lohengrin by Kasper Holten and Claus Guth in Berlin and Paris, and productions of Tristan und Isolde by Michael Schulz and Barrie Kosky in Gelsenkirchen and Essen. DVD of Kasper Holten's Das Liebesverbot in Madrid Tom Artin's What Parsifal Saw, John Mastrogiovanni's Parsifal: The Will and Redemption, Karol Berger's Beyond Reason: Wagner contra Nietzsche, David Huckvale's Music for the Superman: Nietzsche and the Great Composers, Simon Callow's Being Wagner, and Grit Schwarzkopf's Kätchen und Senta: Partnerfindung als Traumspiel in Heinrich von Kleists 'Das Kätchen von Heilbronn' und in Richard Wagners 'Der fliegende Holländer'

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05 March 2017

The Wagner Journal - March 2017 issue

As The Wagner Journal enters its second decade, we are pleased to announce the March 2017 issue (vol.11, no.1), which contains the following articles:

  • 'Wagner: Race, Nationalism and Other Distractions' by Derek Hughes
  • 'Teleology, Providence and the ‘Death of God’: a New Perspective on the Ring Cycle’s Debt to G.W.F. Hegel' by Richard H. Bell
  • 'All in it Together: the Gesamtkunstwerk Revisited' by Barry Millington
  • 'David Breckbill 1957–2016' by Barry Millington

plus reviews of:
  • Mariusz Treliński's Tristan und Isolde at the Met, Das Rheingold and Die Walküre in a multi-director Ring in Karlsruhe, Tatjana Gürbaca's Der fliegende Holländer and Lohengrin in Essen, Pierre Audi's Parsifal in Amsterdam and Neil Armfield's Ring in Melbourne.
  • DVD of Dimitri Tcherniakov's Parsifal from Berlin
  • CDs of Die Walküre over a span of 80 years
  • Eva Rieger's Frida Leider: Sängerin im Zwiespalt ihrer Zeit and Ulrich Drüner's Richard Wagner: Die Inszenierung eines Lebens

More info here: www.thewagnerjournal.co.uk

01 November 2016

The November 2016 issue (vol.10, no.3) of The Wagner Journal


The November 2016 issue (vol.10, no.3) of The Wagner Journal, contains the following articles:
  • Daniel Sheridan on the 1850 premiere of Lohengrin and its contribution to Weimar’s cultural heritage
  • Eva Rieger on Frida Leider and her controversial career in 1930s Germany
  • Jonas Karlsson on little-known Wagnerian iconography in the satirical journal Kladderadatsch, 1914–1944
Plus reviews of: the new Parsifal and revived Tristan at Bayreuth, Daniel Kramer's Tristan at ENO, David Bösch's Die Meistersinger in Munich, Graham Vick's Tristan in Berlin, Francesca Zambello's Ring in Washington and Mariame Clément's Das Liebesverbot in Mulhouse

DVD of Katharina Wagner's Bayreuth Tristan

Books: Roger Scruton's The Ring of Truth: The Wisdom of Wagner's 'Ring of the Nibelung'; Barry Emslie's Speculations on German History: Culture and the State; Peter Franklin's Reclaiming Late-Romantic Music: Singing Devils and Distant Sounds; and Ortrun Landmann, Wolfgang Mende and Hans-Günter Ottenberg (ed.), Richard Wagner: Kgl. Kapellmeister in Dresden

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01 August 2016

The Wagner Journal

A new issue of The Wagner Journal is out.

Here are some of the content:

  • 'The "Missing Link" in the Evolution of Wagner's Siegfried by Edward A. and Paula M. Bortnichak
  • 'Wagner's Siegfried Act III Scene 1: A Study in "Renunciation of the Will" and the "Sublime" by Richard H. Bell
  • 'Steadfast and Upstanding: Franz Wilhelm Beidler, Richard Wagner's Eldest Grandson' by Dagny Beidler


Reviews of:

  • Christopher Alden's Tristan und Isolde in Karlsruhe, Mario Corradi's Tannhäuser in Aachen, Mariusz Trelinski's Tristan und Isolde in Baden-Baden, Philipp Stölzl's Rienzi in Berlin and Lynn Binstock's The Rinse Cycle in London
  • DVDs of various productions at Bayreuth over the last decade
  • CDs of Lohengrin conducted by Hans Knappertsbusch in Munich (1963) and by Karl Böhm in Vienna (1965), of Die Walküre and Siegfried conducted by Marek Janowski (1981–2), and of Wagner-inspired choral works under the title Rheinmädchen
  • Bernd Weikl's Swastikas on Stage: Trends in the Productions of Richard Wagner's Operas in German Theaters Today, Gunther Braam's Richard Wagner in der zeitgenössischen Fotografie, The Oxford Handbook of Opera, ed. Helen M. Greenwald and Christian Thielemann's My Life with Wagner

Bortnichak on Frank Castorf's Ring production at Bayreuth

On The Wagner Journal's website you can read an extended essay by Edward A. & Paula M. Bortnichak on Frank Castorf's Ring production at Bayreuth.

The authors discuss the bold interpretations of Wagner's works at Bayreuth over the last decade in the context of deconstructionist approaches to literature and theatre, concluding with a dramaturgical analysis of the Castorf Ring.

This landmark article should prove invaluable to anyone intending to see the production, but will also make stimulating and enlightening reading for anyone interested in the staging of Wagner's works in the modern era. The article and other free content can be accessed here.

Read the essay herehttp://www.thewagnerjournal.co.uk/castorfring.html