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619. Performing Wagner: A Creative Conversation

Thursday, 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.

Session Description:

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.


  • General Literature – Literature and Other Arts, Humanities, Law, Psychology, Science, and Sociology

  • German Literature – General

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