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

Subscribe to The Wagner Journal here

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

16 June 2016

Wagner weekend 5-7 August

Wagner weekend 5-7 August: In the beautiful seaside village of Port Erin Isle of Man in WW2 the village became the Womens and Childrens Internment camp.

Friedelind Wagner who had fled Germany and taken refuge in Britain was interned with many other refugees in the camp.

Eva Rieger was Born in the same camp. She is a leading authority on Wagner and acclaimed biographer of Friedelind. She will be giving a lecture alongside Dagny Bielder, Wagners Gt Grand
daughter.

The weekend is filled with associations of Wagner and the Internment Camp Music

Tickets £20 for the weekend
44 0 1624 834614 for information

07 April 2016

Appreciating Tristan und Isolde at the Frontline Club



David Nice (author of this post) has been running the Opera in Depth course at the wonderful Frontline Club in Paddington for nearly two years now, after 25 years of Opera in Focus at the City Lit. We devoted on whole term last season to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and were delighted to welcome Richard Jones back to the course to talk about his production in its second incarnation, at English National Opera. This summer we look at the darker companion piece, Tristan und Isolde, to tie in with another ENO production - this time a brand-new one from Daniel Kramer with Edward Gardner conducting and Stuart Skelton and Heidi Melton as the lovers (not pictured below: that's the Schnorrs).


On ten Monday afternoons from 18 April, we'll be going through the opera scene by scene,  looking at the musical language as it relates to the unfolding drama, with plentiful comparisons between performers on both sound and DVD recordings. Two great Isoldes have so far committed to coming along - Susan Bullock and Linda Esther Gray - with more visitors in the pipeline.


18 April - 11 July 2016 2.30pm-4.30pm (no classes on Mondays 2, 16, 30 May)

Venue: Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2 1 JQ. Underground: Paddington, Edgware Road, Lancaster Gate

Fee: £180 for full term


Email: david.nice@usa.net to book a place on this highly popular course

STOP PRESS: everyone is welcome to attend the two class visits. Dates:
27 June  Linda Esther Gray
11 July  Susan Bullock and Dame Anne Evans
Rate per class: £18. Contact me on the above email address

A blog survey of Tristan impressions at the half way mark here.

10 February 2016

Longborough Festival Opera announces 2016 season


Over the past decade and a half Longborough Festival Opera has gradually built an international reputation for its productions, led by its performances of Wagner.

Longborough is now announcing its 2016 Summer Season featuring four operatic masterpieces with a line-up of artists which includes some familiar to Longborough but also many fresh faces.

Wagner’s Tannhäuser

Music Director Anthony Negus - a conductor with over fifty years’ experience of Wagner’s stage works - received rave reviews from critics for his conducting of Tristan und Isolde in 2015. This year, along with director Alan Privett, Negus turns his attention to a new production of Tannhäuser with John Treleaven and Neal Cooper in the title role (see cast dates below). Never one to shy away from the seemingly impossible, Longborough’s production of Tannhäuser will see the largest cast ever to have sung on our stage.

FULL CAST
Tannhäuser          John Treleaven (9, 14, 18 June), Neal Cooper (11, 16 June)
Elisabeth               Erika Mädi Jones
Venus                     Alison Kettlewell
Wolfram                Hrolfur Saemundsson
Landgraf                Donald Thomson
Walther                 Julian Hubbard
Biterolf                  Stuart Pendred
der Schreiber       Brian Smith Walters
Reinmar                Charles Johnston


DATES
Thursday 9 June Tannhäuser 3.00pm
Saturday 11 June Tannhäuser 3.00pm
Tuesday 14 June Tannhäuser 3.00pm
Thursday 16 June Tannhäuser 3.00pm
Saturday 18 June Tannhäuser 3.00pm

All performances start at 3pm with two intervals, the long interval at approximately 6.10pm. The performance is due to end at 9pm.