Monthly Archives: October 2012

Bayreuth Tannhauser

In a perceptive (if wordy and miserably edited) article in the program for this summer’s Bayreuth Tännhauser, Edward A. Bortnichak and Paula M. Bortnichak explain the intellectual basis of Sebastian Baumgarten’s production.  It has to do with “bioethics,” or how technological progress may have an adverse influence on traditional (i.e., romantic) notions of human sensibilities, morality, and “rights.”

Alex Ross on Wagner’s Influences on Our World

Jeannie Williams is a crackerjack thinker, a hardworking writer, and an indefatigable proponent of things operatic and, particularly, Wagnerian.  Jeannie kindly allowed me to share her informal report on a recent presentation by New Yorker music critic Alex Ross: