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The Wagner Journal: November 2014 issue

The November 2014 issue (vol.8, no.3) of The Wagner Journal, now available, contains the following feature articles:

• 'Kundry’s Baptism, Kundry’s Death' by Christopher Wintle
• 'Timely Timelessness: Regietheater at Bayreuth in the 1970s' by Simon Williams
• 'Wagner Manuscripts at the British Library' by Nicolas Bell



Plus reviews of:
the Frank Castorf Ring in BayreuthDer fliegende Holländer in CopenhagenTristan und Isolde in Lübeck and Florencea concert performance of Götterdämmerung in LeedsCDs of a solo disc by James Rutherford and of Wagner's edition of Gluck's Iphigenia in Aulis Stefan Herheim's Die Meistersinger, Parsifal directed by Romeo Castellucci and Wolfgang Wagner on DVD, together with Joachim Herz's pioneering Der fliegende HolländerNew books on Wagner and Freud by Tom Artin, Wagner and Manet by Therese Dolan, Schultze und Müller's satirical take on the Ring and The Cambridge History of Music Performance, ed. Colin Lawson and Ro…

MARK BERRY: AFTER WAGNER

MARK BERRY: AFTER WAGNER
Histories of Modernist Music Drama from Parsifal to Nono


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This book is both a telling of operatic histories ‘after’ Richard Wagner, and a philosophical reflection upon the writing of those histories. Historical musicology reckons with intellectual and cultural history, and vice versa. The ‘after’ of the title denotes chronology, but also harmony and antagonism within a Wagnerian tradition. Parsifal, in which Wagner attempted to go beyond his achievement in the Ring, to write ‘after’ himself, is followed by two apparent antipodes: the strenuously modernist Arnold Schoenberg and the æstheticist Richard Strauss. Discussion of Strauss’s Capriccio, partly in the light of Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron, reveals a more ‘political’ work than either first acquaintance or the composer’s ‘intention’ might suggest.

Then come three composers from subsequent …

Washington National Opera announces casting for Ring 2016

Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced complete casting for its first full presentation of Richard Wagner's four-part Ring cycle. Three cycles will be presented from April 30 to May 22, 2016 and will be directed by Artistic Director Francesca Zambello and conducted by WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin. Contribution packages with priority seating for The Ring are on sale now. For more information, go to WNO's Ring website.

The complete casting announcement follows the principal casting announcement this spring. WNO's Ring cycles feature two outstanding Brünnhildes. Acclaimed British soprano Catherine Foster, who has stunned audiences at Wagner's hometown festival of Bayreuth in performances of the role, will make her U.S. debut in Cycles I and II. Internationally renowned Swedish soprano Nina Stemme, whose performances as Brünnhilde were highly acclaimed in this production's San Francisco run in 2011, makes her WNO debut in Cycle III. American heldentenor D…