SECTION V – THEY HAVE CREATED THE WAGNERIAN MYTH

If Wagner was the cultural and musical chronicler of his time, if he remained a revolutionary activist, he had also gone into the act of police, and if he was finally his master of Bayreuth celebrated as the one of the major artist of his At the time, the illustrious composer did not live before a man made of chair and blood, animated by passions, with a sometimes violent, sometimes facetious, and sometimes tender character.

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Otto Friedrich Ludwig WESENDONCK

(born on 16. March, 1815 – died on 18. November, 1896) | German trader and patron

If the Wesendonck name is linked for any music lover to the famous cycle of melodies inspired in Wagner by his muse Mathilde, it is also linked to the many aids the composer received from Otto, Mathilde’s husband, who in his own way was one of the most fervent defenders and builders of Richard Wagner’s work. Often too simply caricatured and reduced to the figure of a deceived husband who would have been deceived and robbed of both his largesse and his wife, Otto Wesendonck, beyond being a wealthy trader, was actually a brilliant mind. The one who was one of the most important silk merchants in Europe did not hesitate for a moment to offer Wagner his help, becoming one of his patrons, maybe seeking in this way to “buy” a reputation among the intellectuals of his time, but especially acting like the enlightened mind he was. (read more…)

IV- The actors of the Wagnerian art : Mezzos

KLOSE Margarete
MALANIUK Ira
MEIER Waltraud
THORBORG Kerstin

IV- The actors of the Wagnerian art : Tenors

BOTHA Johan
CLARK Graham
JERUSALEM Siegfried
MELCHIOR Lauritz
NIEMANN Albert
SCHAGER Andreas
SCHNORR VON CAROLSFELD Ludwig
SEIFFERT Peter
VAN DYCK Ernest
VOGT Klaus Florian
VOLKER Franz
WINCKELMANN Hermann
WINDGASSEN Wolfgang
ZEDNIK Heins

IV- The actors of the Wagnerian art : Baritones

HOTTER Hans
JANSSEN Herbert
VAN DAM José
VOLLE Michael

IV- The actors of the Wagnerian art : Basses

GREINDL Josef
KIPNIS Alexander
PAPE René
RYDL Kurt
TALVELA Martti

IV- THE ACTORS OF THE WAGNERIAN ART : CONDUCTORS (in chronological order)

RICHTER Hans
LEVI Hermann
MOTTL Felix
SEIDL Anton
BEIDLER Franz
TOSCANINI Arturo
FURTWÄNGLER Wilhelm
VON KARAJAN Herbert
SAWALLISCH Wolfgang
KNAPPERTSBUSCH Hans
JOCHUM Eugen
BÖHM Karl
REINER Fritz
BOULEZ Pierre
BARENBOIM Daniel
LEVINE James
THIELEMANN Christian
PETRENKO Kiril

IV- The actors of the Wagnerian art : Directors

APPIA Adolphe
CHEREAU Patrice
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Isadora DUNCAN
ROLLER Alfred