Ring Symposium III
Come and hear from a variety of leading Wagner scholars and authors as they explore the complexities of The Ring. Past symposia have been sell-out events, so we highly encourage you to book your tickets early
Speakers for August 27 include:
10:00 a.m. — Barry Millington: All You Need Is Love: The Erotic Component in Wagner's Life and Work
This multi-media presentation will look at the role of love both in Wagner's private life and in his works, specifically in the Ring. Millington will argue not only that love is the central irreducible element in Wagner's work, but that a proper understanding of it depends on recognition of the nature of the composer's erotics.
Barry Millington is the chief music critic for the London Evening Standard, academic consultant for the BBC Music Magazine, and author of Wagner.
11:00 a.m. — Philip Kennicott:
Journalist, musician, and blogger Philip Kennicott will explore Mark Twain’s 1891 trip to the Bayreuth Festival and the author’s writings on his travels.
Phillip Kennicott is the architecture and culture critic for the Washington Post, Gramophone columnist, and frequent contributor to Opera News. He replaces previously announced speaker Anne Midgette.
12:00 p.m. — Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. — Clare Burovac will interview Gordon Hawkins (Donner and Gunther) and set designer Thomas Lynch about their involvement in Seattle Opera’s production.
Fisher Pavillion, Seattle Center Campus
Admission: $70 per symposium (including refreshments).
This event is open to the public.