A Theology of Wagner’s Ring Cycle

A Theology of Wagner’s Ring Cycle

Professor Richard H. Bell

12th April 2021 at 19.00

Richard is Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Nottingham.  Having prepared and taught modules on the theology of Parsifal and on Brünnhilde from Die Walküre, he wrote a two-volume work on the theology of the Ring. Richard will focus on how Wagner developed the idea of the redemptive death of Brünnhilde in the light of his Jesus of Nazareth prose sketches.

Professor Bell allowed us to record his lecture, which can be heard by clicking the link below.

‘Professor Bell began his lecture by comparing how Biblical study and theology was often refreshed and enhanced by looking at the different layers of tradition and versions of a particular part of the Bible, so our understanding of Wagner’s operas could be enhanced by looking at the different and developing versions of them as they crystallised in Wagner’s mind. This is particularly true of the Ring’


Professor Bell’s book, ‘The Theology of Wagner’s Ring Cycle’, in two volumes, is available in paperback and on Kindle from Amazon.