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Die Meistersinger

A Masterful "Die Meistersinger" With Levine As Masterconductor

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 12.03.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The world of grand opera is generally not known for its comedies, and few are quite as grand, funny or poignant as the Metropolitan Opera's magnificen...

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 3: Beckmesser, Kissinger and the Klinghoffer Controversy

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Playing out before us is the Wagner situation redux. In anticipation of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of The Death of Klinghoffer.

On the Future of Wagnerism, Part 2: Jewish Wagnerites and Wagner Societies

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Part 1 of "On The Future of Wagnerism," "Do New Revelations of Hitler's Taste in Art Cast New Light on Wagner Appreciation?" was published on Huffingt...

On the Future of Wagnerism: Do New Revelations About Hitler's Taste in Art Cast New Light on Wagner Appreciation?

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 04.20.2014 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

What's to be done about someone whose art is or seems to be so great, but whose prejudices were unquestionably contributory to great evil? How do you continue to appreciate art once aware of the enormity it was accessory to?

Glyndebourne's Meistersinger: A Triumph

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 08.27.2011 | Arts
Elisabeth Braw

Attention, Hollywood: you need Johannes-Martin Kränzle's comic services. No, you don't know him. He's an opera singer. While you have been cranking out bad comedies, opera has been cranking out new productions that will wow even the unmusical.

Is Sharing a Good Thing After All?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

There is no doubt that sharing productions allows an opera company to show more new works than when every company builds each of its own productions. But is something lost in this endeavor? I think so.