Wednesday, July 30, 2008
A Modernist Spin on Wagner
I'm not a big Wagner fan but I'm a fan of the opera and anything medieval. Ergo, upon hearing about a new modernist interpretation of Wagner’s “Tannhäuser”, I got interested. And while a sound measure of skepticism tends to accompany my interpretation and experience of most modernist adaptations of medieval narratives, the new spin on “Tannhäuser” sounds worthy of a check-out.
Plus, if the production is shorter than 9 hours, of course I'd be game.
"The opera unfolds at Wahnfried, Wagner’s home there, with the prompter’s box turned into the composer’s grave and site of the Holy Grail. A bed, placed center stage, where Parsifal’s mother dies and Kundry fails to seduce our boyish hero, is the locus of more comings and goings than a bedroom in a French farce, and it’s the obvious symbol of birth and death. Gone are the long Wagnerian stretches of inaction. Sets and singers are in constant motion."
graph per ny times