“Wagner carried the fear that he could contain Jewish blood in him. Whether it’s true or not, isn’t the issue. The issue is that he had the fear.”
A new music program juxtaposes klezmer with the music of Richard Wagner. Artistic director Jessica Gould explains what they do (and don’t) have in common.
A renovated Richard Wagner Museum opening in Bayreuth this weekend to coincide with the Bavarian city’s annual Wagner opera festival puts the composer’s anti-Semitism and his family’s later ties to Adolf Hitler center stage for the first time.
Richard Wagner’s music was never played in filmmaker Hilan Warshaw’s home growing up. But that didn’t stop him from falling in love with it.
Jewish fascination with notoriously anti-Semitic composer Richard Wagner goes way back. A new Vienna exhibition seeks to explain the unexplainable.
A crazed Israeli protester, angered that a symposium on Tuesday focussed on Richard Wagner, Adolf Hitler’s favourite composer, disrupted a public discussion at a Jerusalem concert hall before police removed him.
Leonard Bernstein was a phenomenal composer, a stunning conversationalist, and he remembered every slight he ever received. One night, Benjamin Ivry got up close and personal.
On the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, an opera tells the remarkable survival story of Yehuda Nir and his friendship with Richard Wagner’s great-grandson.
Bayreuth is Germany’s most prestigious cultural event. The festival celebrates composer Richard Wagner’s bicentenary this year — and examines its own controversial history.
He was a brilliant composer, a confirmed anti-Semite and an undeniably significant influence on the history of music. And today, he would have been 200 years old.