Monthly Archives: January 2013

NY Wagner Society Honors Met Opera Orchestra

The Wagner Society of New York — the largest in North America — reserves its Anton Seidel Award for the rare artist whose achievements in Wagner’s music have reached historic status.  Past honorees have included James Levine, Birgit Nilsson and Plácido Domingo. This week the Society has announced a new honoree:  The orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera.  And well-deserved […]

Parsifal: Musical DNA

A subscriber writes: Since its premiere in 1882, countless thousands of words have been written about the meaning of Wagner’s most challenging work, Parsifal. The text has been scrutinized and analyzed by devotees and detractors alike. These discussions are nearly always fascinating, often confusing, and occasionally ill-informed, and to their number I am certainly unequal […]