Music: Anti-Wagner

The Met s Radical Dutchman

The time may come when Brunnhilde will pole-vault to her immolation,when Lohengrin will wear a T shirt with his name on it. Wagner was a composer with a bold theatrical imagination; one might think that his instructions would occupy directors for centuries. Instead his works have revisionists been in attracting Europe; among them Gotz Friedrich, Harry Kupfer, and Patrice Chéreau, whose Ring cycle set in the industrial revolution remains the standard for irreverence.

Anti-Wagner finally arrived at the Metropolitan Opera with French Director...

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