Wagner Notes

Susan Brodie
May 2023

Lohengrin returned to the Met on February 26 for the first time since 2006 in a new production by François Girard. After Robert Wilson’s starkly abstract 1998 production, the Canadian director’s more conventional staging offered a post-apocalyptic vision of Brabant, though lacking castle, swan boat, and sword fight. This Lohengrin translated 19th century Romanticism, with its supernatural component, into a[...]

Rare is the chance to experience the first public performances of Tristan und Isolde led by a conductor as experienced as Gustavo Dudamel. When Esa-Pekka Salonen launched the Tristan Project […]

Harlow Robinson
October 2022

The majestic natural setting of the Santa Fe Opera structure–open on the sides and stage to fresh air and awe-inspiring views of New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo mountains at the […]

Harlow Robinson
September 2022

The Hollywood Bowl–site of so many glittering performances under the balmy Southern California skies–is celebrating its 100th anniversary this summer. Wagner was invited to the birthday party, which seems only […]

Over the last several decades, interpretations of the Ring have become so various that it is difficult to find any scholarly analysis or staged production that has not been touched […]