24. Aug 2018
29. Aug 2018
Arvena Kongress Hotel, Bayreuth
Wagner Society of New York - annual Bayreuth lectures
P.O. Box 230949, Ansonia Station
New York, NY 10023–0949
Tel.: +1 212/749–4561  Fax: +1 212/749–1542

Bayreuth Lecture Series – August 2018
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.  Prof. Muller is returning for the eighth year to deliver his acclaimed and informative lectures.  The Tristan 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 24  Tristan und Isolde

August 25  Parsifal

August 26  Der fliegende Holländer

August 27  Die Meistersinger von Nürnburg

August 28  Tristan und Isolde

August 29   Die Walküre

Each lecture is 1-1/2 hours and costs 15 euros.  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 and visual examples. 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.