'With helmet, shield and spear?'
How Wagner himself staged his works, and a brief history of their subsequent landmark productions.
Why are modern productions of Wagner’s operas so unlike the ones he himself envisaged? With the help of many rare illustrations, Patrick Carnegy attempts to make sense of the conundrum. He discusses landmark stagings by Gustav Mahler, Otto Klemperer, Sergei Eisenstein, Wieland Wagner, Joachim Herz and Patrice Chéreau, with side glances at a weirdly wonderful film version of Parsifal by Hans Jürgen Syberberg (Munich 1982), and the Stuttgart Ring (1999-2003).
Patrick Carnegy was the first person to be appointed Dramaturg (literary and production adviser) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he worked with leading conductors, directors and designers. Dr Carnegy’s book Wagner and the Art of the Theatre (Yale 2006, just out in paperback) has been critically acclaimed, winning a Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award, and in the USA a George Freedley Memorial Award for its ‘outstanding contribution to the history of the theatre’.
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