23 July 2009.
Translated from The Art Server in Belgium:
Just before the yearly Wagner festival in the south German town Bayreuth, Stephan Mösch, a theater scholar and musicologist, has made claims about the composer Richard Wagner as an anti-Semite. Wagner, he said, was even more of a Jew-baiter than people thought so far.
Mösch made this point during an interview with a journalist of the German news agency DPA (Deutsche Presse Agentur). He said that he based himself on documents which until now had not been studied, like letters by Marianne Brandt, a singer who in 1882 sang a lead role in [Wagner’s opera] Parsifal. That Wagner was against Jews had already been established as a fact. Eg, in 1850, he wrote a long anti-Semitic article, ‘Das Judenthum in der Musik’.
See also here.
The Wagners, Germany’s most famous feuding family, stayed true to form with half the family boycotting the official memorial event Sunday for former Bayreuth chief Wolfgang Wagner, who died March 21 aged 90: here.
Israeli choreographer to stage Wagner-inspired work in Munich: here.