Category Archives: Guest Contributor

Two Guest Posts

A subscriber had brought to our attention two blog posts relating to Wagner that some readers may find of interest: http://johnborstlap.com/after-the-jubilee-wagners-music/#more-1077 http://johnborstlap.com/was-wagner-a-bad-person/  

Report on the Budapest Ring

A subscriber writes: The good news is that the Budapest Ring was a staged performance over four consecutive days with (some) outstanding singers and a fine orchestra, performed in a modern, comfortable and acoustically fine venue, the Bela Bartok National Concert Hall.  This format does not lend itself to any significant interpretative direction: no updating […]

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 […]

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: