Monthly Archives: April 2012

Why Don’t Art Lovers Love Art?

For the 15th time in my life I’m about to attend a performance of the complete Ring Cycle.  Since first seeing the complete Ring at the English National Opera in 1975, I’ve attended full productions in New York, Bayreuth, Berlin, Boston, and San Francisco.  Every time has been a thrill and a privilege.  Each production has prompted […]

Parsifal, Schopenhauer, Abnegation and Redemption

It being Karfreitag, I’m about to settle in to a sweet four hours or so of Parsifal.  This time I’m going audio-only, dipping back into the recording from which I learned the piece in 1968, the Knappertsbusch 1951 Bayreuth. Listening to Parsifal on Good Friday is a tradition upon which many — including Wagner, I […]