Tag Archives: Theatre

New Translation of Artwork of the Future

A special issue of The Wagner Journal comprises, in its entirety, Emma Warner’s new translation of Wagner’s essay “The Artwork of the Future.”  It is eye-opening, even riveting, and as important a piece of writing on topics Wagnerian as I have read since Magee’s Tristan Chord. My own past efforts at reading Wagner’s prose have […]

Definitive Book on the Bayreuth Festspielhaus

This past summer I was experiencing the regret of the “more mature” Wagnerian, when rummaging through the bookstores in Bayreuth.  These places were my treasure troves 30 years ago.  Now, I realized with the vague remorse of increasing age that I either had these books or knew of them and decided not to acquire them.  […]

What Happens in Lohengrin?

As a student in the early 1970s I was fortunate to work with a young director named Ron Daniels.  Ron went on to work for many years at the Royal Shakespeare Company and recently has concentrated on directing opera — including the recent L.A. Opera premiere of Il Postino.  In Ron’s view of theatre — at […]

What a New Production Should Offer

The critical discourse that was prompted by the new Met Ring, combined with my plans to visit the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth for the first time in six years, prompt an attempt to propose a disciplined framework for analysis of a topic that, for many, is intuitive:  What do we look for in a new production of a […]