Wagner Bicentenary - One-Man Opera. Rhodes University SA

Written By The Wagnerian on Saturday, 18 May 2013 | 12:00:00 am

Readers will we are sure, recall Dr Jamie McGregor's Wagner/Tolkien paper "Two Rings To Rule Them All" which we reprinted here some time ago. Dr McGregor, who really is an impassioned wagnerite,  is now presenting a very unusual and special event on the 22 May: a one man presentation of the Dutchman - just as Wagner himself famously once did for his friends. Should you be in Grahamstown on the 22nd, we think it would be plainly silly to miss this unique event.

Event: Wagner Bicentenary - One-Man Opera

Venue: Beethoven Room, Rhodes Department of Music & Musicology

Date: Wednesday 22 May 2013

Time: 16h00

Entrance: Free


22 May 2013 marks the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner. To celebrate the occasion, English lecturer and notorious Wagnerite Jamie McGregor will "perform" his favourite composer's celebrated Gothic opera The Flying Dutchman in a wholly original way: by impersonating Wagner himself and recreating his dramatic public reading of the libretto. To bring
the work more fully to life, the reading will be complemented by an audio-visual presentation featuring recorded music from the opera and a slideshow of appropriate images (including stills from both recent and historical productions, set designs and artists' impressions of the work).

The total performance time will be four hours (16h00-20h00), including two intervals.