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Lyric embarks on new Ring Cycle with eye-popping ‘Das Rheingold’

357 days ago
Chicago Sun-Times, ILThere is something about the operas of Richard Wagner that brings out the master builder in directors and designers. Maybe it is their dense mythic underpinnings which draw on Norse and pre-Christian German legends, and the sense that gods and goddes... more info

Lyric Opera’s ‘Ring’ cycle a perfect fit for Eric Owens

363 days ago
Chicago Sun-Times, ILNothing reigns more supreme in the opera world than Richard Wagner’s massive, 15-hour set of four operas – “Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung),” which interweaves German and Scandinavian folklore and brings together gods, hero... more info

Security concerns fail to quell cheers at German Wagner fest

426 days ago
ReutersBAYREUTH, Germany (Reuters) - Security concerns after killings in Germany, coupled with Islamic elements in a new production of Richard Wagner's opera "Parsifal", created a nervous opening for the annual Wagner festival in Bayreuth on Monday. more info

The politics of Wagner's Ring

521 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

792 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'

792 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

793 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

1052 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

1087 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

1755 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

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