Bellowings at Fate and Death

 

Bellowings at Fate & Death:

Wagner, Opera, Stage Directors and the Future

A lecture for the Richard Wagner Society (Victoria)

Greg Eldridge (stage director)
recipient of 2018 Young Artist Award – Bayreuth Scholarship

Flockart Hall, Melbourne

September 16, 2019

You can view/download a copy of Greg’s presentation as a PDF here: Bellowings at Fate & Death

 

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OUR MARJ, the amazing story of Marjorie Lawrence

 

You can view/download this article as a PDF here: OUR MARJ_Libby Smith

Recently, whilst driving through the town of Winchelsea, I noticed a large roadside sign, “Marjorie Lawrence Drive, 1907-1979,” and, in the middle of the town, The Globe Theatre, bore the sign “The home of Marjorie Lawrence.”

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’Richard Wagner and Visual Art’ — A New Zealand Road Trip

 

Here follows an account of a road trip to the four New Zealand Richard Wagner Societies by our president Trevor Clarke from 16 March to 11 April 2017 to deliver a talk on ‘Richard Wagner and Visual Art’.

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Wagner Travels in NZ…

 

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Adventures in Bayreuth

 

You can view/download this article as a PDF here: Bayreuth article Greg Oct 2018

ADVENTURES IN BAYREUTH

an article written in acquittal for the author’s receipt of

A BAYREUTH SCHOLARSHIP

from

The Richard Wagner Society of Victoria

PART ONE – THE ARRIVAL

The gust of warm wind that greeted me as I stepped off the plane had a strangely familiar quality.

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From the Ring to Parsifal

 

Durch Mitleid wissend, – ‘enlightened through compassion’ – was the motto theme of Parsifal almost from its conception.  In the Spring of 1857, Wagner jotted down ideas inspired by Wolfram von Eschenbach’s medieval romance Parzival, linking the compassionate themes in that story with Christ’s compassion for humanity on the cross.

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Unravelling Wagner’s Parsifal

 

In February 1883, Richard Wagner died in Venice, a few months short of his seventieth birthday. Seven months earlier, Parsifal had received its first performance in the festival theatre at Bayreuth.

As a young man, Wagner had been an enthusiastic advocate of social and political reform to the point of involving himself with violent revolutionary movements.

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Lortzing’s Hans Sachs as inspiration for Wagner’s Die Meistersinger

 

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Lortzing’s Hans Sachs as inspiration for Wagner’s Die Meistersinger

By Peter Bassett

 

Albert Lortzing (1801-51) wrote his comic opera Hans Sachs in 1840, and it was first performed that year at Leipzig.

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