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         WAGNER and SCANDAL

A Rigorous Conversation with Music Drama

Neither taste nor scholarship has lifted the veil of scandal from the work and legacy of Richard Wagner.  Modern music is unthinkable without him, but might the world have turned for the healthier without him?  American opera audiences have by and large not wanted to confront such questions. German and other European audiences, after 1945, have been asked to do so, and have generally agreed to the provocation.  Focusing on three recent productions from the Wagner canon, the editors of The Opera Quarterly and several colleagues from within Brown and beyond offer the following conversation.

March 13
"Wagner and Scandal"
Grant Recital Hall
Brown University
7:30 - 9:30 pm

Lohengrin (Peter Konwitschny, Hamburg/Barcelona):  Act 1

Tristan und Isolde (Patrice Chéreau, Milano): Act 2 (excerpt)

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Katharina Wagner, Bayreuth):  Act 3 (excerpt)

Screenings of all filmed stage productions to be discussed in depth at the following day's workshop.

March 14
Panel discussions and workshop
"Wagner and Scandal"
Grant Recital Hall

10am - 12noon       Lohengrin

Lunch break             Fulton Rehearsal Hall

1:30 - 3:30pm          Tristan und Isolde

4:00 - 6:00pm          Die Meistersinger   

Panel participants: Carolyn Abbate (Harvard), Bettina Brandl-Risi (Berlin/Yale),  Alessandra Campana (Tufts), Lydia Goehr (Columbia), Dana Gooley (Brown), Gundula Kreuzer (Yale), David Levin (Chicago), Ryan Minor (Stonybrook/Harvard), Chris Morris (Cork), Clemens Risi (Berlin/Brown), Robert Sollich (Berlin/Bayreuth), Michael Steinberg (Brown), Heather Wiebe (Ann Arbor)