NCPA stages Wagner’s romantic opera – CCTV News


Wilhem Richard Wagner is not only one of the few composers who built his own theater during his lifetime, he also claims an epic repertoire to keep the curtain up. Yet it is his romantic operas that really put him in the spotlight. Julian Waghann attends the premiere of “Tannhauser” at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing.

Wilhem Richard Wagner is not only one of the few composers who built his own theater during his lifetime, he also claims an epic repertoire to keep the curtain up.

Venus, the God of Love and her enchanting sirens on the one hand … and praising pilgrims on the other. The struggle between sacred love and secular love is at the heart of the opera “Tannhauser”. Puzzled rather than enlightened by the two loves, the main character, a poet, embarks on an inner journey to find salvation.

And it is through Elizabeth, Tannhauser’s mortal love, that the grieving poet finds redemption.

“She is also a special character in Wagner where the woman saves men with her life, with her being,” said Barbara Haveman, soprano.

However, this is not so much the case in the real life of Richard Wagner. He spent much of his career in exile and died of a heart attack – the result of an argument with his second wife over his affair with another woman.

Wilhem Richard Wagner is not only one of the few composers who built his own theater during his lifetime, he also claims an epic repertoire to keep the curtain up.

Wilhem Richard Wagner is not only one of the few composers who built his own theater during his lifetime, he also claims an epic repertoire to keep the curtain up.

Wilhem Richard Wagner is not only one of the few composers who built his own theater during his lifetime, he also claims an epic repertoire to keep the curtain up.

Wilhem Richard Wagner is not only one of the few composers who built his own theater during his lifetime, he also claims an epic repertoire to keep the curtain up.

Unlike most opera composers, Wagner wrote both the libretto and the music for each of his operas. He has also been a conductor for several of his own works. “Tannhauser” first opened under the baton of the maestro himself.

The opera was premiered at the Royal Theater in Dresden in 1845. However, Wagner was never satisfied with it and made numerous revisions throughout his life … To this day, the opera remains a work in progress. .

The current production is mainly based on the Paris Opera version, one of the three versions staged today. But conductor Lyu Jia prefers the original first version from Dresden.

“The Dresden version is really fantastic because it follows Wagner’s way of doing opera … because Wagner says” my music is not for entertainment, it is for listening and thinking “” , said Lyu Jia, senior chief of the NCPA.

And if you are ready to tinker with the senses and the mind, “Tannhauser” is currently in progress at the National Performing Arts Center in Beijing until April 10th.

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