Posted on 02/10/2013
Professor Erik Levi and Dr Mark Berry of the Music Department will take part in a debate on Sunday, Oct 6 at 2 pm at the London Jewish Cultural Centre on ‘Wagner and the Jews’, as part of London’s ‘Wagner 200’ bicentenary celebrations. Richard Wagner’s writings include the notorious ‘Jewishsness in Music’, which has been variously interpreted as a proto-Nazi racialist tract, an astute piece of cultural criticism in the aftermath of Jewish emancipation, and all manner of things in between. The controversy becomes if anything still more heated over the question as to whether anti-Semitism may be found in Wagner’s operas. Needless to say, the problematic relationship of Wagner, who died in 1883, with the subsequent course of German history soon rears its head too.
Tickets are available at £12 in advance, £15 on the door. Student discounts are available. For further details, please click here. And for an earlier debate on the same subject, via e-mail between Dr Berry and Dr Barry Emslie, please click here.