Susan Rutherford, David Breckbill, Neil Howlett speakers
John McMurray chair
The first of three illustrated talks featuring an international roster of Wagner experts examining aspects of the performance of his music under the headings Singing, Conducting and Stage Production.
Each symposium consists of three presentations (six for Stage Production) followed by a roundtable discussion.
Vocal Style in Wagner from the Golden Age to the Present
(10am - 1pm)
What can be learned about Wagner singing from the great artists of the past? Why is it so difficult to cast Wagner operas today? What can be done to rectify the matter?
Wagner in Performance 2: Conducting Wagner
Roger Allen, David Breckbill and Raymond Holden speakers;
Peter Franklin chair.
The second of three illustrated talks featuring an international roster of Wagner experts and followed by a roundtable discussion.
Throughout history, lithe, fluid and gestural styles of conducting Wagner (Bülow, Böhm, Pappano) have contrasted with more monumental approaches (Knappertsbusch, Goodall, Levine). Which is more faithful to Wagner’s intentions? How is Wagner conducting likely to evolve in the decades to come?