Tag Archives: Cultural Influence

Magic Fire (1955)

Over Christmas I was sitting in front of the fire while my son fooled with the TV remote, flipping between two football games while checking his texts on the iPhone, and played with his two-year old daughter while offering enthusiastic and unsolicited advice about how cool Amazon Prime is. People my age ought to be […]

Meistersinger: Sachs and Grimes

It’s one thing to impose an external “konzept” onto a dramatic work and shove the piece unwillingly through it.  American audiences refer to the results as “Eurotrash,” and I would choose the recent, unlamented Bayreuth production of Tannhäuser – staging the work as a divertissement for the workers of a biogas factory in order to investigate […]

Simon Williams on Regietheater

The current issue of the Wagner Journal features a perceptive article by one of my heros, Simon Williams, titled Timely Timeless: Regietheater at Bayreuth in the 1970s.  Prof. Williams, who teaches at the University of California at Santa Barbara (nice gig!), is the author of one of my “desert island” books, Richard Wagner and the […]

Trying to Get Through the Pile….

My reading pile has grown exponentially larger over the past few months and unfortunately has stayed that way despite conscious and time-consuming effort. It looms over my bed and is starting to totter.  It sits on the right-hand corner of my desk and scowls at me. In the midst of it are three Wagner-related books:  Trippett’s Wagner’s […]