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Subject: Re: Which Wagner?
From: "Mitchell, Katalin" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Mitchell, Katalin
Date:Tue, 24 Jan 2017 21:42:40 +0000

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I must agree…. I adore the Ring, Lohengrin is one of my absolute favorite 
operas, Meistersinger and Dutchman ditto, wouldn’t miss a Tannheuser, but 
Parsifal bores me to death.  I do enjoy hearing the music, but sitting 
through the whole opera requires a Jonas Kaufmann at the least for me to 
go anywhere near it.  I feel similarly about Tristan, and I know I am 
going to be chastised for that. 
On 1/24/17, 4:24 PM, "Discussion of opera and related issues on behalf of 
Anthony Perovich" <[log in to unmask] on behalf of 
[log in to unmask]> wrote: 
>On Tue, Jan 24, 2017 at 11:24 AM, donald kane <[log in to unmask]> wrote: 
>To say you "love" Wagner without "getting" PARSIFAL arouses a 
>> suspicion of prejudice based on subject matter, because Wagner's final 
>> work is a summation of all that he strove to achieve as a composer and 
>> dramatist. 
>Maybe, but this doesn't seem quite right to me--at least it does not seem 
>to reflect my own situation.  I'm a philosophy professor who has been 
>to and read a lot of Schopenhauer over the years, and I've also read with 
>great interest my share of the secondary literature on Wagner that treats 
>of his relation to Schopenhauer, and to philosophy and religion more 
>generally.  I, at least, would characterize myself as someone who loves 
>Wagner:  when I make decisions to travel any distance to attend an opera, 
>it's usually Wagner I'm choosing, and when I listen to recordings of opera 
>Wagner is certainly disproportionately represented.  I'm also a Christian. 
>And yet PARSIFAL does not have the allure for me that the RING or TRISTAN 
>or MEISTERSINGER or DUTCHMAN do.  I'm not happy about that, and I hope 
>time it will change.  But whatever my problems, they don't seem to me to 
>either that I don't really love Wagner or that I suffer from "prejudice 
>based on subject matter."  If not "getting" PARSIFAL means that I'm 
>convinced that there is a level of appreciation for and inspiration from 
>that others enjoy and I don't, then I guess I'd say I don't "get" 
>PARSIFAL.  If that means I don't really love Wagner, then I'll just have 
>come up with another term to describe my joyful immersion in those other 
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