Wagneropera.net asked some singers, directors, conductors, scholars and writers to recommend five Wagner CDs or DVDs. Among the contributors you will find opera singers Detlef Roth and Lioba Braun, conductor Hartmut Haenchen, director Kasper Bech Holten, Wagner scholar Barry Millington and many others.
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The contributors regard Patrice Chéreau (both Ring and Tristan) and Harry Kupfer (especially his Holländer) highly. Among the conductors Solti, Boulez, Krauss and Barenboim are most often mentioned.
You will probably not agree with all the recommendations, but – as this project shows – there is not one definite version of a Wagner opera, neither on CD nor DVD. In my opinion these lists can teach us to appreciate the many ways Wagner’s operas are interpreted and performed.
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