Sunday 30th October 2016 7.30pm
PATRICK CARNEGY: Wagner's Shakespeare
Patrick Carnegy will show how Shakespeare crucially shaped Wagner’s ideas for theatrical reform, his conception for music-drama, and his ideas about how it should be performed. He will describe how German productions of Die Meistersinger in the 1960s reasserted Wagner’s Shakespearean ancestry and thereby helped exorcise the ghosts of Nazi appropriation.
Patrick Carnegy is a graduate of Trinity Hall, Cambridge and his books include Faust as Musician (1973) and Wagner and The Art of Theatre (2006) which won a Royal Philharmonic Society Award. In 1988 Dr Carnegy was appointed the first ever Dramaturg at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and from 1998 until 2013 was the Stratford-upon-Avon theatre critic for The Spectator.
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