Richard Wagner http://tpr.org en Valkyries Ride All Night To Save Opera Company http://tpr.org/post/valkyries-ride-all-night-save-opera-company (<em>Happy April Fools 2014. See you next year</em><em>.) </em><p>American opera companies are producing as much drama in the boardroom as onstage. New York City Opera <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2013/10/02/228171680/chronicle-of-a-death-foretold-new-york-city-opera-shuts-its-doors" target="_blank">folded in 2013</a> after years of unbalanced budgets. In March of this year, <a href="http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/Mar/19/san-diego-opera-fold/" target="_blank">San Diego Opera announced</a> that its current season, which ends in April, will be its last. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:55:26 +0000 Mark Mobley 29262 at http://tpr.org Valkyries Ride All Night To Save Opera Company Review: Jonas Kaufmann Sings Wagner And Verdi http://tpr.org/post/review-jonas-kaufmann-sings-wagner-and-verdi Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. At 44, the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann may be the most popular tenor of his generation and one of the most versatile. Music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews two of his recordings this year, dedicated to both Verdi and Wagner, celebrating the bicentennials of their birth.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>LLOYD SCHWARTZ, BYLINE: I've never heard Jonas Kaufmann in person, though I've seen him in several leading roles in the Metropolitan Opera's live telecasts. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 18:38:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 23236 at http://tpr.org Classical Summer Reads: From The Beach To The Ballroom http://tpr.org/post/classical-summer-reads-beach-ballroom <p>Summer reading can be a blast, but it doesn't have to be the latest thriller from the NY Times, or a cheap romance novel. I was delighted to see so many new novels just typing in "Classical music" in Amazon.com and sorting by publication date - they start next April (2014) with lots of titles to preorder!</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:02:52 +0000 John Clare 15472 at http://tpr.org Classical Summer Reads: From The Beach To The Ballroom Listening To Wagner's Ring With A Roadmap Of Sorts http://tpr.org/post/listening-wagners-ring-roadmap-sorts <p>I recently came across a steal. A friend on a social network posted that a recording was $6. That may seem normal for an mp3 release, or mildly cheap if you purchase an iTunes release for $9.99. But this particular recording was live from Bayreuth - the complete <em>Ring der Nibelungen</em> by Richard Wagner. Yes, all four operas.</p><p>The whole world has been celebrating the 200th anniversary of Wagner's birth this year (his birthday is May 22). Summer festivals have been playing his music, and several cycles of the Ring are programmed for companies this fall and winter.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 19:19:13 +0000 John Clare 15004 at http://tpr.org Listening To Wagner's Ring With A Roadmap Of Sorts 200 Years Of Richard Wagner And The Will Of Music http://tpr.org/post/200-years-richard-wagner-and-will-music <p>Wagner's incredible and improbable success is one of the fairytale's of high art. The late Jacques Barzun referred to his position in later life as: "That of a Lord of all the arts."</p><p>Randy Anderson has rightly commented on his association with the highest circles of the intellect and art: De Gobineau, Nietzsche, Semper, Meyerbeer, Berlioz and later Liszt, as Wagner would wed Cosima, the pianist's daughter.</p><p><strong>So how did all this happen?</strong></p> Wed, 22 May 2013 16:45:07 +0000 Ron Moore 11804 at http://tpr.org 200 Years Of Richard Wagner And The Will Of Music Gods And Monsters: 5 Unforgettable Wagner Moments http://tpr.org/post/gods-and-monsters-5-unforgettable-wagner-moments How much do you know about <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/89337436/richard-wagner" target="_blank">Richard Wagner</a>? Probably two unfavorable facts: He wrote very long, grandiose operas and was Hitler's favorite composer. As true as they are, those simple examples barely hint at the complexity of this endlessly creative and confounding artist.<p>Two centuries after Wagner's birth (he was born in Leipzig May 22, 1813), the man and his music continue to beguile and bewilder fans, detractors and critics. Tue, 21 May 2013 18:34:11 +0000 Tom Huizenga 11766 at http://tpr.org Gods And Monsters: 5 Unforgettable Wagner Moments Richard Wagner's "Siegfried," The World's Last Hope http://tpr.org/post/richard-wagners-siegfried-worlds-last-hope <p>In <em>"Siegfried"</em> we return to the origins of Wagner's conception of "The Ring." Before there was an explanation and an event, a plot before a back story.</p><p>These various sketches, fragments and early drafts were separated by a quarter of century from the opera's first performance (1851-1876).<br><br>We recreate the fairytale atmosphere of <em>"Das Rheingold"</em> with a dwarf, a dragon, giants, a singing bird and a boy so innocent he has "never" seen a girl.</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 19:42:37 +0000 Ron Moore 9943 at http://tpr.org Richard Wagner's "Siegfried," The World's Last Hope Video: The Most Famous Horse Ride In All Music In Wagner's 'Die Walkure' http://tpr.org/post/video-most-famous-horse-ride-all-music-wagners-die-walkure <p>The Norse god Wotan - like his counterparts in the south, Zeus and Jupiter - got around as they say. He wasn't named "all-father" for nothing. The second opera of Richard Wagner's Ring cycle is about three of his offspring.</p><p>First, the legitimate daughter Brünnhilde, who is a Valkyrie -a collector of the heroic dead slain in battle - and after whom this opera is named. Then there are the twins Siegmund and Sieglende, their mother is Erda - mother earth.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 19:33:20 +0000 Ron Moore 9560 at http://tpr.org Video: The Most Famous Horse Ride In All Music In Wagner's 'Die Walkure' At Home With The Gods In The First Part Of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, "Das Rheingold" http://tpr.org/post/home-gods-first-part-wagner-s-ring-cycle-das-rheingold <p>After a decades-long struggle, the patience and slavish commitment of numberless friends, an inspiration that can truly be called superhuman, and a streak of luck that beggars the imagination, Richard Wagner finally finished his epic "Ring."</p><p>Despite the luminaries in attendance over the years - from Hugo Wolf and a who’s who of European royalty, to Tchaikovsky, Bernard Shaw and others - it could never pay its way.</p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 19:21:44 +0000 Ron Moore 9169 at http://tpr.org At Home With The Gods In The First Part Of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, "Das Rheingold" Dragons & Gods, Fire & Blood Fill San Antonio Symphony Program http://tpr.org/post/dragons-gods-fire-blood-fill-san-antonio-symphony-program <p><strong>Music by Richard Wagner and Michael Daugherty on tap this weekend</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Throughout 2013, musicians will be playing Richard Wagner in honor of his </span>200th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> birthday this May. The San Antonio Symphony will offer wonderful selections of Wagner's grand opus, "</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Der Ring des&nbsp;Nibelungen</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">." </span></p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 18:19:47 +0000 John Clare 7373 at http://tpr.org Dragons & Gods, Fire & Blood Fill San Antonio Symphony Program