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

238 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

273 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

941 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?

962 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

998 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, Brnnhilde is the Valkyries' Valkyrie, the toughest, wildest and maddest of the nine daughters of the god Wotan, whos... more info

Siegfried – review

1006 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

Die Walküre – review

1009 days ago
Guardian MusicRoyal Opera House, LondonThere's a powerfully symbolic moment at the close of the second act of the Royal Opera's Die Walkre, and it wasn't dreamed up by director Keith Warner. Bryn Terfel's Wotan runs through John Tomlinson's Hunding with his spear... more info

Wagner's Ring Cycle too long? Try it in one second

1015 days ago
Guardian MusicAt 16 hours of music across four operas, Wagner's Ring Cycle requires serious stamina. So here are some reduced versions of the epic, including one that comes in at a single secondWagner's Ring. The biggest musical behemoth of them all. (Well, except... more info

Legacy of Wagner and Verdi is celebrated in bicentenary year

1021 days ago
Guardian MusicRival legacies of classical pioneers to be honoured in 2013 with worldwide bonanza of recordings and performancesTwo of opera's greatest contemporaries, pioneers of their era, are to compete for public honour once again next year. January marks the b... more info

Georg Solti: the making of a musical colossus

1028 days ago
Guardian MusicHungarian-British conductor Georg Solti is one of the most important figures in 20th-century music. On the centenary of his birth, his widow, Valerie, and some of the musicians he inspired celebrate his genius, his compassion and his legacyIn Februar... more info

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