George Bernard Shaw, The Perfect Wagnerite
(New York: Dover, 1967), p.
You needed the constitution of a perfect Wagnerite
to foot it up the green hill for performances in the Festspielhaus early this August.
(23.) George Bernard Shaw, The Perfect Wagnerite
(Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1913), 173-74.
After his death, Wagner's son-in-law Houston Stewart Chamberlain compiled an annotated catalogue of those materials, and members of the London Wagner Society undertook a project to translate into English all of Wagner's writings, commissioning an ardent Wagnerite
for the task.
Director Jurgen Flimm was staging Wagner for the first time in his careen Reportedly, he cannot read music and is far from being an opera buff, let alone a Wagnerite
. Flimm has a big name in Germany's theatre scene, and his era as intendant at Hamburg's prestigious Thalia Theatre is legendary.
But be warned, given the iconoclasm of this book's point of view, I fear a more detailed study along these lines would test the loyalties of even the perfect Wagnerite
Robert Wilson's new Met production (March 13) of Wagner's Lohengrin, with costumes by Frida Parmeggiani, may not be to everybody's taste, but for this imperfect Wagnerite
, it was a real winner.
More recently, beginning with the centenary Ring (Boulez and Chereau, 1976) Wolfgang allowed politically-engaged theatre directors to demythologize the productions, to ever greater shock and dismay among traditional Wagnerites
. Furness admits that some of these productions have offered insight.
: Richard Wagner (1813-1883) and Australia.
If screaming Wagnerites
standing on chairs are in fact unthinkable today, it is partly because we mistrust high feeling.
One conclusion might be that such "chaste" Wagnerites
misrecognized the sexual content of the composer's music, a possibility that yet again casts a curious light onto the supposed idealism of German musical aesthetics.
While some Wagnerites
were outraged at her ridiculing of sacred art, others applauded her accuracy.