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Richard Wagner

Can One Cordon Off Evil Ideas From Art and Science?

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

It is difficult, to be sure, how to gauge the utility of beautiful things that are brought into the world from repugnant minds.

After the Gold Rush: Wagner's Ring Cycle

Joyce Morgan | Posted 01.31.2014 | Arts
Joyce Morgan

As twilight descends on Wagner's bicentenary, Australia has unveiled the final Ring cycle of the year. It is the first time Opera Australia has tackled the work, and it has staged it not in the iconic Sydney Opera House, where the problematic pit is too small to accommodate the massive orchestra needed, but in Melbourne.

How Jewish Is It? Art Spiegelman at the Jewish Museum and Lost Childhood Opera in Bethesda

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Puffing vigorously on a cigarette substitute, Art Spiegelman addressed journalists at the Jewish Museum at a recent opening of an exhibition "Co-mix...

Creative Tension: How Masters Turn Stalemates Into Creative Breakthroughs

Robert Greene | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Robert Greene

The feeling that we have endless time to complete our work has an insidious and debilitating effect on our minds. Our attention and thoughts become diffused. Our lack of intensity makes it hard for the brain to jolt into a higher gear.

Kids, Make It New! Patrice Chéreau (1944-2013)

Norman MacAfee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Norman MacAfee

Patrice Chéreau, the French theater director, was barely 32 when he began remaking, rethinking, reimagining Richard Wagner's music drama, Der Ring d...

Die Walkure in Seattle

Ivan Katz | Posted 10.28.2013 | Arts
Ivan Katz

Die Walküre is an opera about solemn contracts and behavior that is arbitrary and capricious. It is an opera about lust, and an opera in which love is punished.

Siegfried in Seattle

Ivan Katz | Posted 10.27.2013 | Arts
Ivan Katz

Certain sensations are deemed irrational. One of them is wanting to hear a performance of Siegfried all over again. Irrational to be sure, but in the case of its recent performance, at the Seattle Opera, very real.

Das Rheingold in Seattle

Ivan Katz | Posted 10.27.2013 | Arts
Ivan Katz

When the announcement was made that Speight Jenkins, the General Director of the Seattle Opera, was to retire at the end of the 2013-2014 season, it became evident that the 2013 run of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen would be his last.

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.

The First Appearance Since 1938

AP | Posted 06.17.2013 | Arts

MILAN -- Daniel Barenboim is conducting the first week-long presentation of Wagner's Ring cycle at La Scala since 1938. `'Der Ring des Nibelungen," w...

The Ultimate Isolde

AP | GEORGE JAHN | Posted 06.14.2013 | Arts

VIENNA -- Can watching two people suffer for four hours be enjoyable? The Vienna State Opera makes it happen with its new production of "Tristan and I...

Controversial German Composer Turns 200

Posted 05.22.2013 | Arts

Today is the birthday of the famous and controversial German composer, Richard Wagner. Known for his numerous operas (as well as his anti-Semitic view...

Wagner's 200th Birthday Recalls Dark Memories

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 07.22.2013 | Arts

BERLIN — Germany on Wednesday celebrated the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner, the 19th-century composer whose music has been hailed as sublime ...

10 Ways To Celebrate Wagner's Birthday

AP | RONALD BLUM | Posted 05.21.2013 | Arts

-- The 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner's birth is May 22, and the world's opera houses and symphony halls are filled with his music this year alo...

'A Solid If Unspectacular Successor'

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 07.09.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — The list of tenors who can sing the title role of Wagner's "Siegfried" is such a short one that any newcomer tackling the part at the...

Nazi-Themed Opera Canceled After Opening Night

AP | Posted 07.09.2013 | Arts

BERLIN — A modern version of Richard Wagner's "Tannhauser" has been canceled in Germany after the opening-night audience complained about new sc...

Nazi-Themed Opera Causes A Stir In Germany

AP | Posted 07.07.2013 | Arts

BERLIN — A modern production of Richard Wagner's opera "Tannhauser" is causing a stir in Germany because of Nazi-themed scenes showing people dy...

Christof Loy's Tristan and Isolde

Mena Mark Hanna | Posted 06.26.2013 | Arts
Mena Mark Hanna

Experiencing the music of Richard Wagner can be excruciating, something even the composer himself admitted. While finishing Tristan and Isolde, Wagner predicted that the final act is "bound to drive people mad."

A Star is Born... at the LA Opera!

Jay Weston | Posted 05.12.2013 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

She sang her heart out with peerless ringing tones and mixed with the ensemble as if she had often performed with them. At the conclusion, she received a standing ovation which lasted for all of five minutes from the normally jaded audience. A triumph, indeed.

How to Wreck an Opera-goer's Experience

Eliot Daley | Posted 05.06.2013 | Entertainment
Eliot Daley

My maiden voyage to the Metropolitan Opera's cinematic display of live performances in local theaters was at once thrilling and dismaying.

Opera's Hottest Tenor On Loving Wagner And Vacations

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 03.04.2013 | Arts

Anyone can tell you who's already made it, but HuffPost Arts & Culture's On Our Radar series is here to tell you who's about to blow up -- and, in som...

First Nighter: Much Ado About Nothing, Parsifal, The Laramie Project, Powder Her Face All on Tap If Not All Tip-Top

David Finkle | Posted 04.20.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

It's hard to think that anyone simply listening to the Metropolitan Opera's new production as conducted by Daniele Gatti wouldn't be transported the instant the composer's moody prelude begins.

New Audio Recordings In Natalie Wood Death Indicate Robert Wagner's Involvement

Posted 09.15.2012 | Celebrity

The mystery behind the death of Hollywood star Natalie Wood continues to unfold. On November 29, 1981, the actress, husband Robert Wagner and Chri...

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...

What Was Your Gateway Drug Into Classical Music?

The Huffington Post | Katherine Patke | Posted 07.27.2012 | Home

There seem to be fewer and fewer "classical music people" in the world, but we like to think there's still a number of you out and about. Some classic...