07 November 2015

November 2015 issue of The Wagner Journal is out

The November 2015 issue (vol.9, no.3) of The Wagner Journal is out, which contains the following articles:

  • 'Wagner's Spatial Style' by Christopher Wintle
  • ' "This Round of Songs": Cyclic Coherence in the Wesendonck Lieder' by Malcolm Miller
  • 'From Wagner to Boulez: a Modernist Trajectory' by Arnold Whittall
  • A report on the reopened Wahnfried and new archives in Bayreuth by Barry Millington

Plus reviews of:

  • the Ring and new Tristan at Bayreuth, the Ring in Vienna, Parsifal in Karlsruhe,  Birmingham and Wuppertal, Tristan at Longborough, Die Meistersinger in Mainz, Lohengrin in Pforzheim and Tannhäuser in Tallinn
  • the new Overture Opera Guide to Die Meistersinger, ed. Gary Kahn, Mark Berry's After Wagner: Histories of Modernist Music Drama from 'Parsifal' to Nono, and Matthew Bribitzer-Stull's Understanding the Leitmotif: From Wagner to Hollywood Film Music

The issue is in part a tribute to Wagner Journal editorial board member Prof. Arnold Whittall who celebrates his 80th birthday in November 2015.

12 July 2015

The Wagner Calendar on Wagneropera.net is History

I know this will be a sad message for many Wagner fans, but it is just too much work to keep updating the Wagner Calendar, so I have decided to discontinue it.

Thanks to all of you contributing by sending me info about productions!


06 July 2015

The Wagner Journal - July 2015

We are pleased to announce the July 2015 issue (vol.9, no.2) of The Wagner Journal, which contains the following articles:
• 'Gender, Sexuality and Love in Wagner: An Electronic Roundtable' featuring Barry Emslie, Sanna Pederson and Eva Rieger
• 'Rienzi in Swedish (1865): The Case of the Stockholm Score' by Owe Ander
• 'Nazi Cinema and Wagner', by Hans Rudolf Vaget
• 'Broomhilda Unchained: Tarantino's Wagner' by Adrian Daub and Elisabeth Bronfen

Plus reviews of:
The Mastersingers at ENO
Parsifal in Berlin
CD recordings of Der fliegende Holländer conducted by Andris Nelsons, Llyr Williams's Wagner Without Words, Seattle Opera's Ring and the 1961 Solti Die Walküre starring Hans Hotter and Jon Vickers

Books: Rounding Wagner's Mountain: Richard Strauss and Modern German Opera by Bryan Gilliam and early studies of Wagner by Ferdinand Praeger, Francis Hueffer, William James Henderson and Ernest Newman, reprinted in the Cambridge Library Collection

Individual copies of, and annual subscriptions to, The Wagner Journal are available in both printed and electronic form. Individual articles and reviews are also available in electronic form. Full details on www.thewagnerjournal.co.uk.

10 June 2015

150th anniversary of the première of Tristan und Isolde

This 10 June, 2015, we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the première of Tristan und Isolde (Munich, 10 June 1865).  According to the French-born American historian and philosopher, Jacques Barzun, the year 1859 was a pivotal year. In 1941, Professor Barzun wrote a seminal work, Darwin, Marx, Wagner: Critique of a Heritage. The recently deceased Columbia University professor said that in 1859, three major revolutionary works were finalized: The Origin of the Species, by Charles Darwin, the Critique of Political Economy, by Karl Marx, and Tristan und Isolde, by Richard Wagner. Since then, biology, social sciences and music have acquired new meanings and dimensions and we are still living with the results of such major revolutions.

For many Wagnerians, Tristan represents the supreme peak of the master’s musical inspiration (equaled, perhaps, but never surpassed by his later works); its music and words are a sublime praise of love, a love that is so powerful that it has the capacity to transform everything, including death itself. Because of its stifling, erotic and intoxicating character, this opera has been the Mount Everest of singers and conductors, being simultaneously monumental and uncomfortably intimate. Wagner himself told us that it is about “dying without death, and therefore everlasting falling back upon itself”; longing (“Sehnen”, the key concept in Tristan) keeps Tristan alive, while he is dying for Isolde. “If well performed, it will render the listener insane”, admonished Wagner. 

Germán Bravo-Casas

02 March 2015

March 2015 issue of The Wagner Journal

The March 2015 issue (vol.9, no.1) of The Wagner Journal, which contains the following articles:
• 'Where's the Drama?': Personal Reflections on the Intersection of Music and Theatre in Wagner Performance by David Breckbill
• Knappe oder Ritter? A study of Gurnemanz by Peter Quantrill
• Wagner and Science: Twilight of the Gods Across the Multiverse by Mark B. Chadwick
• The Rosebush Pictures of Wagner's Daughter Isolde by Dagny R. Beidler

plus reviews of:
  • Tristan und Isolde at Covent Garden
  • Lohengrin in Zurich and Amsterdam
  • Das Rheingold in British Columbia
  • Parsifal in Tokyo
  • CD recordings of a complete Wagner cycle conducted by Marek Janowski and the 1961 Bayreuth Tannhäuser conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch, starring Wolfgang Windgassen, Victoria de los Angeles, Grace Bumbry and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
  • Hilan Warshaw's film Wagner's Jews on DVD
  • new books on Wagner and film by David Huckvale and Kevin C. Karnes, Wagner's Visions by Katherine R. Syer, The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia, ed. Nicholas Vazsonyi, a new translation of Wagner's essay Beethoven by Roger Allen, and Chris Walton's Lies and Epiphanies: Composers and Their Inspiration from Wagner to Berg, reviewed by David Matthews

Individual copies of, and annual subscriptions to, The Wagner Journal are available in both printed and electronic form. Individual articles and reviews are also available in electronic form. Full details on www.thewagnerjournal.co.uk

26 January 2015

Tristan at Longborough 2015

Following the success of their 2014 Ring Cycle, Longborough Festival Opera has clearly positioned itself on the international operatic stage as a Wagner production house of great merit. Additionally, the 2014 summer season was virtually a sell-out.

2015 opens with a new production of Tristan und Isolde, in the hands of Music Director Anthony Negus, directed by Carmen Jakobi. The double cast features Rachel Nicholls and Lee Bisset sharing the role of Isolde, while Peter Wedd and Neal Cooper take on Tristan.

Longborough Festival Opera

12 January 2015

Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival: Wagner performed with accordion and baritone

XVII Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival
Tue 17.2 In the Master’s Company

An Evening with the Music of Richard Wagner
Central Ostrobothnia Conservatory 19.00
Pitkänsillankatu 16

Esa Ruuttunen baritone
Janne Valkeajoki accordion
Roman Schatz text
For the first time in the music world, the German master composer’s music will be performed with accordion and baritone. World-class baritone and young musician Esa Ruuttunen will fill the hall with a captivating musical performance. Starring the author Roman Schatz.
Ruuttunen is one of the best Finnish baritones and has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including the Finnish National Opera, Savonlinna, Bavaria, Stuttgart, London, Vienna and Berlin. In this concert Ruuttunen will treat audiences to Wagner’s most famous arias, including The Flying Dutchman, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin and others. The performance also will feature Franz Liszt arrangements for solo accordion, among them “Senta’s Ballad” and “Elsa’s Dream.” Richard Wagner’s dramatic and strong-yet-delicate tonal language will emerge in full strength in a performance that will also include the music of Bach.
The author Roman Schatz also will present a talk on Wagner’s life, music and incredibly tangled human relationships.
Tickets 15 €/10 €
info: www.talviharmonikka.com