26 February 2013

The Wagner Journal - new issue

A new issue of The Wagner Journal (editor: Barry Millington) is out. You can order your copy here: http://www.thewagnerjournal.co.uk/howtobuy.html

Heroic Gestures and Family Values in Wagner’s Ring
Arnold Whittall

The Kiss of the Dragon-slayer
Barry Emslie

Wieland Wagner’s Intellectual Path
Ingrid Kapsamer


Live Performances

Science, Sets and Symbols in Der Ring des Nibelungen David Trippett appraises the Covent Garden ‘Ring’ and an accompanying book


Tradition in Vienna, Laboratory Experiment in Bayreuth
Graeme Feggetter assesses contrasting productions of Lohengrin

Nuremberg Life and Afterlife
Roland Matthews is concerned that David McVicar’s Glyndebourne
production of Meistersinger fails to take account of its legacy


Take Five: Tristan und Isolde
David Breckbill weighs the merits of the fifth release in Janowski’s
complete Wagner project, and muses on his past and future Ring cycles

Fading Glory
Matthew Rye is doubtful about the wisdom of a highlights disc


Profession and Faith
A study of the emerging role played by Jews in the musical business
represents a welcome riposte to Wagner’s notorious essay, suggests
Jonas Karlsson

Uplifting Experiences
Alexander H. Shapiro explores the Wagnerian elements in a new study
of classical music in America’s Gilded Age

Rebel with a Cause
Life was tough for a black sheep of the Wagner family, finds
Tim Blanning

25 February 2013

The Pocket Opera Company in Nürnberg is staging Richard Wagner Singspiel

The Pocket Opera Company in Nürnberg is staging Richard Wagners Singspiel fragment “Männerlist größer als Frauenlist oder Die glückliche Bärenfamlie” (WWV 48) for the first time in a completed version this summer.

The premiere will be on 27 June in a large circus tent in the Stadtpark in Nürnberg. Further performances will take place on 29 June, 4 July and 5 July.

The production will be directed by Peter P. Pachl and conducted by Franz Killer, who also completes the score.


14 February 2013

Wagner 200 - London-based festival to celebrate the bicentenary of Richard Wagner’s birth

Wagner 200 is a wide-ranging, London-based festival to celebrate the bicentenary of Richard Wagner’s birth.

It opens on 22 May on Wagner’s 200th birthday and features events from May to December 2013 in association with leading cultural organizations including Royal Opera House, Southbank Centre, Barbican Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kings Place, British Library, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Radio 3, The Wagner Society, Opus Arte, London Song Festival and London Jewish Cultural Centre.

Wagner 200 has a particular focus on British artists, offering a spectrum of talent from the most distinguished to the rising stars of today.

Highlights include:
  • Wagner 200th Birthday Concert (22 May) with the Philharmonia Orchestra/ Andrew Davis, and soloists Susan Bullock, James Rutherford and Giselle Allen. Preceded by an afternoon of pop-up Wagner activities on the Festival Hall terrace, balcony and foyers
  • Wagner/Liszt recitals (26–28 June) by Janice Watson/Joseph Middleton and Llŷr Williams, and a dramatised re-creation of the events surrounding the first performance of the Siegfried Idyll, starring Harriet Walter and Henry Goodman with the Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon
  • Reading of the complete Ring text in English featuring John Tomlinson as Narrator/Master of Ceremonies and a company of young actors from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (9 June)
  • Three symposia on Wagner in Performance (29–30 June) featuring an international roster of Wagner experts followed by screenings of Tristan und Isolde and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
  • Two events devoted to Wagner and the Jews at the London Jewish Cultural Centre (6 October and 10 December)
  • Masterclasses by Gwyneth Jones and John Tomlinson (28 May and 25 November)
  • Lectures by Keith Warner (24 April), Tim Blanning (11 July), Mike Ashman (12 September) and John Deathridge (10 October)
  • Concerts by the LSO (28 November) and BBC Symphony Orchestra (20 December)
  • Wagner the Writer study day (8 June)

06 February 2013

The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia to be published in August 2013

The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia (edited by: Nicholas Vazsonyi, University of South Carolina) is to be published in August 2013.

Richard Wagner is one of the most controversial figures in Western cultural history. He revolutionized not only opera but the very concept of art, and his works and ideas have had an immeasurable impact on both the cultural and political landscapes of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From 'absolute music' to 'Zurich' and from 'Theodor Adorno' to 'Hermann Zumpe', the vividly-written entries of The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia have been written by recognized authorities and cover a comprehensive range of topics.

More than eighty scholars from around the world, representing disciplines from history and philosophy to film studies and medicine, provide fascinating insights into Wagner's life, career and influence. Multiple appendices include listings of Wagner's works, historic productions, recordings and addresses where he lived, to round out a volume that will be an essential and reliable resource for enthusiasts and academics alike.


Roger Allen, Celia Applegate, Nicholas Attfield, Matthew BaileyShea, Evan Baker, David E. Barclay, John W. Barker, Mark Berry, Peter Bloom, Dieter Borchmeyer, David Breckbill, Werner Breig, Matt Bribitzer-Stull, Stephen Brockmann, Jeremy Coleman, David Cormack, Adrian Daub, John Deathridge, James Deaville, David B. Dennis, Johanna Dombois, Márton Dornbach, Stephen C. Downes, Ulrich Drüner, Glenn Ehrstine, Barbara Eichner, Barry Emslie, Jason Geary, William Gibbons, Sander L. Gilman, Hermann Grampp, Thomas S. Grey, Kaaren Grimstad, Erling E. Guldbrandsen, Joseph Horowitz, David Huckvale, Marion Kant, Kevin Karnes, Ulrike Kienzle, William Kinderman, Helmut Kirchmeyer, Lutz Koepnick, Juliet Koss, Gundula Kreuzer, Alexis Luko, Roberta Montemorra Marvin, Lydia Mayne, Stephen McClatchie, Patrick McCreless, William Melton, Margaret Eleanor Menninger, Stephen Meyer, Margaret Miner, Ryan Minor, Yvonne Nilges, James Parsons, Sanna Pederson, Pamela M. Potter, Eva Rieger, Michael Saffle, Hannu Salmi, Daniel Sheridan, Eric Schneeman, Na'ama Sheffi, Matthew Wilson Smith, Sebastian Stauss, Anthony J. Steinhoff, Emma Sutton, Katherine Syer, Christian Thorau, Corinna Treitel, David Trippett, Ulrich Troehler, Laura Tunbridge, Hans Rudolf Vaget, Steven G. Vande Moortele, Nicholas Vazsonyi, Ray M. Wakefield, Chris Walton, Hilan Warshaw, Holly Watkins, Derek Watson, William Weber, Arnold Whittall, Simon Williams, Charles Youmans, Julian Young