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The politics of Wagner's Ring

38 days ago
Guardian MusicWhy do politicians love the Ring cycle? Perhaps because it’s about the intimate relationship between love and power. For as long as I can remember, politicians and my fellow political journalists have been conspicuously drawn to the astounding work... more info

Wagner descendant says composer now has museum worthy of him

309 days ago
ReutersBAYREUTH, Germany (Reuters) - Richard Wagner's great grand-daughter Eva Wagner-Pasquier said she felt overwhelmed with emotion on Sunday at the official opening in Bayreuth of a renovated museum devoted to the 19th-century opera composer, saying it w... more info

Bayreuth Wagner fest opens with triumphant 'Tristan'

310 days ago
ReutersLONDON (Reuters) - The opening-night audience on Saturday for the Bayreuth Festival was ready for anything in a new production of Richard Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde" directed by his great grand-daughter Katharina Wagner, known to make radical chang... more info

New Bayreuth Wagner museum confronts family Nazi ties head on

311 days ago
ReutersBAYREUTH, Germany (Reuters) - A renovated Richard Wagner Museum opening in Bayreuth this weekend to coincide with the Bavarian city's annual Wagner opera festival puts the composer's anti-Semitism and his family's later ties to Adolf Hitler center st... more info

Wagner descendant heads a music fest -- Beethoven, not Bayreuth

570 days ago
L.A. Times - EntertainmentNike Wagner suffered a bitter defeat in a family power struggle over Germany's Bayreuth Festival, which is dedicated to the operas of her great-grandfather, Richard Wagner. But she is back on the European classical music scene, with a festival devote... more info

David Gockley to leave San Francisco Opera in 2016

605 days ago
Mercury News, CaliforniaSan Francisco Opera's general director David Gockley -- one of the most influential American impresarios, a commissioner of new operas, a technology innovator and smart businessman -- will step down in July 2016, after his tenth season with the compa... more info

Tale of two epoch-defining classical music titans born in the same year

1273 days ago
Guardian MusicOperatic face-off shows that in Milan at least, Verdi v Wagner is still more of a cultural draw than Strictly v The X FactorIt's the ultimate operatic face-off. In the blue corner is Giuseppe Verdi, the great Italian humanist and hero of the Risorgim... more info

Michael Gove and George Osborne love Wagner. So why doesn't passion turn into policy?

1294 days ago
Guardian MusicGeorge Osborne, Ed Vaizey and Michael Gove are just the latest in a long line of Tory politicians to adore the music of Richard Wagner. Shame they are damaging the art they loveThere's a continuing little squall over at the Telegraph's Mandrake colum... more info

In praise of … Brünnhilde | Editorial

1330 days ago
Guardian MusicThe Valkyries' Valkyrie, the toughest, wildest and maddest of the nine daughters of the god WotanIf you only know of her reputation, Brünnhilde is the Valkyries' Valkyrie, the toughest, wildest and maddest of the nine daughters of the god Wotan, whos... more info

Siegfried – review

1338 days ago
Guardian MusicRoyal Opera House, LondonThe course of Wagner's Ring never did run smooth. Before this third instalment of the Royal Opera's revival, Wolfgang Koch, the Alberich, was stricken with a voice-eradicating cold. Jochen Schmeckenbecher woke up in Vienna un... more info

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