Richard Wagner

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Longborough festival opera Die Walküre review – Covid constraints achieve intimacy and intensity
A concert staging for the second opera in Wagner’s Ring Cycle brought bonuses from a stellar cast and the profound musicianship of Anthony Negus

Rian Evans

02, Jun, 2021 @12:03 PM

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Rein Gold by Elfriede Jelinek review – a wearying Wagner update
The Nobel prize-winning writer turns the Ring cycle drama into a grim dialogue about capitalism’s perils

Peter Conrad

28, Feb, 2021 @9:00 AM

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ENO announces bold plan to stage Ring Cycle from the autumn
Richard Wagner’s four-part opera epic will play at London’s Coliseum over several years

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

24, Feb, 2021 @7:01 AM

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From the sublime to the ridiculous: our critics best and worst of Wagner's Ring Cycle
Ahead of Radio 3’s broadcast of all four operas, we asked our writers which moments of the epic they love the most – and which they hope to never hear again

Tim Ashley, Andrew Clements, Rian Evans, Erica Jeal, Martin Kettle, Fiona Maddocks, Stephen Moss, Rowena Smith and Flora Willson

15, Feb, 2021 @12:01 PM

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Raw, brave, wild and honest: why Germany is Europe's greatest artistic nation
Germany became a unified state 150 years ago this week – and no other country has produced such original, provocative and powerful art since, from Richter to Klee, from Dix to Höch

Jonathan Jones

19, Jan, 2021 @4:38 PM

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Richard and the revolutionaries: why did lefties love Wagner?
His antisemitism made him a far-right icon. So what attracted reds and radicals from Lenin to George Bernard-Shaw to the tumultuous sounds of Hitler’s favourite composer?

Alex Ross

17, Sep, 2020 @5:00 AM

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A downtick for all the upticks, please
Brief letters: Boris Johnson and Wotan | Covid and Brexit fair play | Ladybirds | Grandparental mortality | A rise in upticks


15, Sep, 2020 @4:57 PM

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Wagner's treaty warning to the Tories
Letters: Boris Johnson’s attitude to international law inspires Wagnerian comparisons from reader Graham Bould, while Dr Anthony Isaacs urges Gina Millar to intervene. Mark Stallworthy says the row has exposed Suella Braverman’s shortcomings


13, Sep, 2020 @3:32 PM

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Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music by Alex Ross – review
This account of Wagner’s influence on the great and ghastly is passionate and encyclopedic, if unfocused

Peter Conrad

06, Sep, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Wagner: where to start with his music
The German composer was the most influential musician of his era after Beethoven, reinventing opera and leading the way to musical modernism – yet his music’s association with the Third Reich leaves him with a complex legacy

Martin Kettle

12, Aug, 2020 @11:00 AM

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Neil Howlett obituary
Baritone who excelled in Verdi and Wagner roles for English National Opera

Barry Millington

18, Jun, 2020 @1:59 PM

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Wagner’s Parsifal by Roger Scruton review – in defence of the insufferable
Nietzsche famously called Wagner’s last opera poisonous, but does its theme of redemption offer an antidote to our ills?

Stuart Jeffries

30, May, 2020 @6:30 AM

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