Wagner in Venice Simon Rees Monday 8th November Richard Wagner spent two significant periods in Venice, the first in 1858 when he went there from Zurich after the breakdown of his marriage over his friendship with the poet Mathilde von Wesendonck, and the second in 1883, when he and Cosima, his second wife, wintered… Continue reading Wagner in Venice
Opus Metaphysicum: an empty phrase? In ‘Richard Wagner in Bayreuth’, Nietzsche described Tristan und Isolde as an “opus metaphysicum”. Dr Fend of King’s College, London asks, ‘Do philosophical concepts still offer any context to listen to, and think about Wagner’s operas today? Michael Fend studied Musicology (with Carl Dahlhaus), German Literature and Philosophy at the… Continue reading Opus Metaphysicum: an empty phrase?
Adrian Boult and Wagner : What Might Have Been. The conductor Adrian Brown will be giving a talk entitled “Adrian Boult and Wagner: what might have been”. Adrian Brown comes from a distinguished line of Sir Adrian Boult’s most gifted pupils. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in London, he studied intensively with… Continue reading Adrian Boult and Wagner : What Might Have Been