15. Feb 2018
15. Feb 2018
London, UK
Reinventing Wagner After Hitler - A lecture by Patrick Carnegy
A lecture by Dr. Patrick Carnegy

German Historical Institute, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ
6:30pm for 7pm, Thursday 15th February 2018

Dr Patrick Carnegy will argue that the significant German stage productions in the critical period from 1951 until 1982 were responses to the appropriations of Wagner for demonic ends by Hitler and the Nazis. West and East Germany, then divided, found markedly different ways for exorcizing the terrible ghosts. The common goal was to cleanse the inheritance and to build bridges between the concerns of our modern world and those of Wagner in his own time. Dr Carnegy believes these are still the driving forces behind many of the best productions of the past 30 years.

Patrick Carnegy was dramaturg of the Royal Opera House, 1988-92. Since he first visited Bayreuth in 1967 as critic for The Times, his principal research interest has been the stage history of Wagner\'s works. He has contributed chapters to the ENO Opera Guides and to the Cambridge Opera Handbooks. His books include Faust as Musician: A Study of Thomas Mann\'s Novel \'Doctor Faustus\' (1973) and Wagner and the Art of the Theatre (2006, Royal Philharmonic Society Award; Special Jury Prize, George Freedley Memorial Award).

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