Wagner's two-hundredth birthday arrives on Wednesday, and most of the world's major music cities will mark the occasion in some way. In Leipzig, Wagner's birthplace, there will be a celebratory concert and a staging of Götterdämmerung, a...
Wagner's two-hundredth birthday arrives on Wednesday, and most of the world's major music cities will mark the occasion in some way. In Leipzig, Wagner's birthplace, there will be a celebratory concert and a staging of Götterdämmerung, among other events; in Venice, where he died, La Fenice has a day of concerts and lectures; in London, as part of Wagner 200, there's a special concert at Royal Festival Hall, with Andrew Davis conducting the Philharmonia and Susan Bullock singing; in Berlin, you can see The Flying Dutchman, in Milan and Vienna, Götterdämmerung, in Copenhagen, Tannhäuser, in Santiago, Parsifal; in Barcelona, a great Wagner city, there's a concert at L'Auditori; Dresden will have a flurry of commemorations next week, including a Thielemann / Jonas Kaufmann concert on May 21; in Paris, you can see Götterdämmerung on the same night, and sing happy birthday at midnight; and Thielemann will conduct at the Festspielhaus in Bayreuth on the birthday itself, with a street party to follow. Curiously, though, almost nothing is happening here in New York. Igor Stravinsky, a professed Wagner-hater, would have been delighted to know that Lincoln Center will be presenting, on the day of Wagner's birthday, a Bard College concert entitled Stravinsky and His World (though the Shostakovich would have irritated him). The only live Wagner event I can find is a vocal recital at the German Consulate, sponsored by the Wagner Society of New York; it is sold out. WKCR, the Columbia radio station, will, however, be hosting a Wagner marathon, beginning at midnight on the 22nd; a rich line-up of classic recordings is planned. I will be spending most of the day on Amtrak — so it goes.
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