619. Performing Wagner: A Creative Conversation
Wednesday, 7 January, 7:00–8:15 p.m., Grand D, Sheraton
Program arranged by the Discussion Group on Opera as a Literary and Dramatic Form
Presiding: Mary Ann Smart, Univ. of California, Berkeley
Speakers: William Germano, Cooper Union; Speight Jenkins, Seattle Opera; Hans Rudolf Vaget, Smith Coll.
Why Wagner now? What new ideas or new theatrical visions are driving the surge in productions of Wagner's Ring cycle? The conversation will touch on the practical challenges of staging Wagner, the impact of digital technology, and the ways productions can inflect the political and philosophical meanings of the operas.
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