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The Ring Cycle

Tenor Simon O'Neill on 'Das Lied von der Erde' - At SF Symphony, 4/6-11

Sean Martinfield | Posted 04.06.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

This week, Wednesday through Sunday, tenor Simon O'Neill and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke join Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony in Gu...

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 6: The Wagner Family and Questions of Forgiveness (Conclusion)

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 05.12.2016 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Just as we think of the films of the exceptionally gifted Leni Riefenstahl as Nazi art, so we are in an inexorable process of appreciating much of the art of Richard Wagner as such.

On the Future of Wagnerism, Part 5: The Wagner Family and Questions of Forgiveness

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 05.12.2016 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Instead of asking for forgiveness or otherwise expressing regret for the past, or even honestly and clearly acknowledging it, what most of these Nazi-tainted German artists have done at best, individually or collectively, is what might be called gestures of redress

Tenor Stuart Skelton on Peter Grimes

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.17.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

On June 26-29, San Francisco Symphony presents a semi-staged production of Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes. Conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, the th...

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?

Wagner, Texas and Myth

John Mauceri | Posted 09.30.2013 | Arts
John Mauceri

I should say right here that my first lectures on Wagner and his Ring cycle were given to the German Club at East Meadow High School on two successive Tuesday afternoons in 1961.

An Unknown Hero Named Dietrich

William Dietrich | Posted 02.02.2013 | Books
William Dietrich

Names are powerful in helping define who we are. Now, just in time for the movie of The Hobbit, I've discovered -- much to my surprise -- a legendary and heroic Dietrich who lent fuel to Tolkien's tale and many others.

Andrea Stone

Famous German Family Feuds Over Nazi Letters

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 08.01.2012 | World

The long-running soap opera Sturm und Drang surrounding one of Germany's most famous -- and infamous -- families got a little hotter this week when on...

How 'The Ring' Was Staged

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 04.04.2012 | Home

When Richard Wagner wrote his Ring Cycle, did he dream of a giant steel machine twisting and sliding on stage? Probably not. But the Metropolitan O...

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Kris LoPresto | Posted 04.04.2012 | Entertainment
Kris LoPresto

Like: The Ferris Bueller Honda Super Bowl Spot. Over 10 million views and counting! For a commercial! Does anyone not love this spot?

Plan ForYourArt April 1-4

Bettina Korek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Bettina Korek

In a two part series on James Turrell, Frank Navarro and artist Claude Collins-Stracensky present a lecture on the artist followed by a visit to his outdoor skyspace at the Claremont University.