20. Aug 2017
29. Aug 2017
Arvena Kongress Hotel, Bayreuth
Wagner Society of New York Bayreuth Festival Lectures 2017
Bayreuth Lecture Series – August 2017

John J. H. Muller, Lecturer

The Wagner Society of New York is pleased to present a lecture series in English by Professor John J. H. Muller during the latter part of the Bayreuth Festival, including the 3rd Ring cycle.  Prof. Muller is returning for the seventh year to deliver his acclaimed and informative lectures. (His Parsifal lecture will be given on two different dates.)

As before, the lectures will be presented at 10:30 am at the Arvena Kongress Hotel (Eduard-Bayerlein-Straße 5a, Bayreuth). 

The schedule is as follows:

August 20  Tristan und Isolde
August 21  Parsifal
August 23  Das Rheingold
August 24  Die Walküre
August 25  Parsifal
August 26  Siegfried
August 27  Die Meistersinger
August 28  Götterdämmerung

Each lecture is 1-1/2 hours and costs 15 Euros.  This year, we are offering a prepayment option for all four of the Ring cycle lectures at a package price of US$55 (a discount of about 15% at today’s exchange rate), which may be sent by check to the P.O. Box. Please contact if you wish to  reserve your spot in advance (not required). As always, a substantial contribution to the Gesellschaft der Freunde von Bayreuth will be made by the WSNY at the conclusion of the Festival.

Along with his deep knowledge of Wagner’s music, Prof. Muller draws upon a variety of disciplines. Each lecture contains biographical details, information on the source of the libretto, and a discussion of important musical features, including leitmotifs, harmony, and orchestration, with emphasis on the interactions of the characters. Lectures are illustrated with recorded excerpts. A brief question-and-answer period concludes each session.

John J. H. Muller is a Professor of Music History at The Juilliard School, where he teaches a wide variety of courses for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as for laymen. He is a noted lecturer for the Metropolitan Opera Guild, for which he presented talks for many of the Metropolitan Opera Ring cycles. He has also spoken to other organizations, and his essay on Parsifal appeared in Wagner Outside the Ring.