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Wagner and Wagnerism: Contexts, Connections, Controversies
Limerick, August 2002


Conference

Wagner and Wagnerism
Contexts - Connections - Controversies

9-10 August 2002

University of Limerick


Organised jointly by
Centre for Irish-German Studies, University of Limerick
Dept. of Music, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick
Dept. of Music, University College Cork
National Youth Orchestra of Ireland


As part of the Wagner Ring Festival 2002
featuring a concert performance sung in German with English surtitles of

Richard Wagner's Ring des Nibelungen

National Youth Orchestra of Ireland
in association with
Opera Ireland and University Concert Hall, Limerick
Conductor: Alexander Anissimov

Monday 5th August at 6 p.m.             Das Rheingold
Tuesday 6th August at 6 p.m.            Die Walküre
Thursday 8th August at 6 p.m.           Siegfried
Saturday 10th August at 6 p.m.          Götterdämmerung

University Concert Hall, Limerick


All Sessions will take place in FG025 in the Foundation Building.

Registration on Thursday, 8 August 2002, 14.00 to 18.00 and on Friday, 9 August
2002, from 8.30 onwards in the Foundation Building.

Thursday, 8 August 2002, 14.30 - 16.30
As an introduction to the performance of the opera Siegfried in the evening we
present a first screening of Fritz Lang's Nibelungen 1. Teil: Siegfried (1924)
(117 min). The film will be shown again on Saturday, 10 August at 11.30.


Friday, 9 August 2002

9.15 - 9.30             Opening Ceremony

Session A: Philosophical Contexts

9.30 - 10.10            Dieter Borchmeyer (Heidelberg)
				Richard Wagner and the myth of the beginning and end
				of the world

10.10 - 10.50           Wilfried van der Will (Birmingham)
				Nietzsche and Wagner

10.50 - 11.00           Discussion

11.00 - 11.20           Coffee

Session B: Women and Men

11.20 - 12.00           Susanne Vill (Bayreuth)
				Women in the Ring: Ideals and ideologies of 
				womanhood in Wagner's 'Der Ring des Nibelungen'

12.00 - 12.40           Barry Millington (London)
				"Das ist kein Mann!": Problems with virility in
				Wagner's 'Siegfried'

12.40 - 12.50           Discussion

13.00 - 14.30           Lunch

Session C: Debates

14.30 - 15.10           Nike Wagner (Vienna)
				Art, money and ideology: Reflections on the 
				Bayreuth Festivals

15.10 - 15.50           Marc Weiner (Indiana)
				Following Wagner

15.50 - 16.00           Discussion

16.00 - 16.20           Coffee

Session D: Musical Connections

16.20 - 17.00           Peter Franklin (Oxford)
				...aus ihm tönend?: Wagner and post-Wagnerian 
				opera and film

17.00 - 17.40           John Deathridge (London)
				The 'Wesendonck Lieder' and 'Tristan'

17.40 - 17.50           Discussion


18.00 - 19.00           Reception incl. performance of Wagner's Wesendonck-Lieder by
				Suzanne Murphy 

20.00                   Conference Dinner

Saturday, 10 August 2002

Session E: Wagner in Ireland 

9.00 - 9.40             Joachim Fischer (Limerick)
				Wagner, Bayreuth and the Irish image of Germany 

9.40 - 10.20            John Kelly (Oxford)
				Wagner and Irish literature: Shaw, Moore, Joyce,
				Yeats

10.20 - 10.30           Discussion

10.30 - 10.50           Coffee

Session F: Wagner and Film

10.50 - 11.30           David Levin (Chicago)
				Wagner and Fritz Lang

11.30 - 13.30           Screening of Fritz Lang's Die Nibelungen 1. Teil: Siegfried
				(1924) (117 min) (NB: This film will also be shown
				on Thursday, 8 August at 14.30.)

13.30 - 14.15           Lunch

14.15 - 16.30           Screening of Fritz Lang's Die Nibelungen 2. Teil: Kriemhilds
				Rache (1924) (130 min)

Exhibition of Wagner prints by Stephan Klenner-Otto

From 5-10 August 2002, as part of the Ring Festival 2002, a series of prints on
Wagnerian themes by German artist Stephan Klenner-Otto will be shown. The prints
will be for sale.


Speakers

Dieter Borchmeyer is Professor of German and Theatre Studies at the University of
Heidelberg. He is the editor of the Collected Works of Richard Wagner and
author/editor of numerous books on Wagner, including Richard Wagner: Theory and
Theatre, Richard Wagner. Der Ring des Nibelungen. Ansichten des Mythos (with Udo
Bermbach) and Richard Wagner und die Juden (with Susanne Vill and Amy Maayani).

John Deathridge is King Edward Professor of Music at King's College, London. He is
the author/editor of The New Grove Wagner (with Carl Dahlhaus), the Wagner
Werk-Verzeichnis (WWV) (with Martin Geck and Egon Voss), Family Letters of Richard
Wagner and a new critical edition of Wagner's Lohengrin as well as numerous
articles on Wagner.

Joachim Fischer is Senior Lecturer in German and Joint Director of the Centre for
Irish-German Studies at the University of Limerick. He has published extensively
in the field of Irish-German relations; recent book-length studies are The
Correspondence of Myles Dillon (1998) and Das Deutschlandbild der Iren 1890-1939:
Geschichte - Form - Funktion [The Irish image of Germany 1890-1939: History - Form
- Function] (2000). He is joint organizer of this conference.

Peter Franklin is Reader in Music, Fellow and Tutor of St. Catherine's College,
Oxford University. He is a specialist in late nineteenth- and early
twentieth-century European music and culture, especially opera and the symphony.
He is the author of The Life of Mahler and contributed to the New Grove Dictionary
of Music and Musicians and the New Grove Dictionary of Opera.

John Kelly is Professor of English Literature and Fellow of St John's College,
Oxford University. He has edited numerous texts of 19th century Anglo-Irish
literature and is the general editor of The Collected Letters of W. B. Yeats and
The Cambridge Companion to Yeats (in progress).

David J. Levin is Associate Professor in the Departments of Germanic Studies and
Cinema/Media Studies at the University of Chicago. He has edited Opera Through
Other Eyes and co-edited the New German Critique special volume on Richard Wagner.
He is the author of Richard Wagner, Fritz Lang, and the Nibelungen.  In addition
to his academic work, David Levin has served as a dramaturgist for the Frankfurt
Opera, the Bremen Opera, and the Frankfurt Ballet.

Barry Millington is a writer on music and Reviews Editor for the BBC Music
Magazine. He is the author/editor of seven books on Wagner, including Wagner, The
Wagner Compendium and The Ring of the Nibelung: A Companion, and also contributed
the articles on Wagner and his operas to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and
Musicians and The New Grove Dictionary of Opera.

Wilfried van der Will is Professor of Modern German Studies, University of
Birmingham. He has published numerous books and essays on German literature and
society post-1945, on culture in the Third Reich and on the reception of
Nietzsche. He also co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Modern German Culture.

Susanne Vill is a musicologist and Professor of Theatre Studies at the University
of Bayreuth. She worked in the concept team of Pipers Enzyklopädie des
Musiktheaters and organized the congress Ausbildung für Musiktheater-Berufe to
start the Bavarian Theatre Academy. As a singer she specialized in contemporary
music, performing in numerous concerts and broadcasts. She has staged operas and
plays and has produced several television documentaries focussing on theatre
festivals. She has published on Mahler, Mozart and contemporary intercultural
theatre. She edited Richard Wagner und die Juden (with Dieter Borchmeyer and Amy
Maayani) and Das Weib der Zukunft: Frauengestalten und Frauenstimmen bei Richard
Wagner.

Nike Wagner, great granddaughter of Richard Wagner, is a literary scholar, music
critic, cultural commentator and dramaturgist. She wrote her doctoral thesis on
Karl Kraus and is the author of Wagner Theater (The Wagners: The Dramas of a
Musical Dynasty) and Traumtheater. Szenarien der Moderne (2001).

Marc A. Weiner is Professor of Germanic Studies, Director of the Institute of
German Studies and Adjunct Professor in Comparative Literature, Communication and
Culture (Film Studies), and Cultural Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington.
Among his fields of interest are nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literary
and cultural studies of Germany and Austria, German and Austrian music, opera and
ideology and German-Jewish relations. He is the author of Arthur Schnitzler and
the Crisis of Musical Culture (1985), Undertones of Insurrection: Music, Politics,
and the Social Sphere in the Modern German Narrative (1993) and Richard Wagner and
the Anti-Semitic Imagination (1995), published in Germany as Antisemitische
Fantasien: Die Musikdramen Richard Wagners (2000).

Organizing Committee

Dr Gareth Cox, Senior Lecturer and Head of Dept. of Music, Mary Immaculate 
	College, University of Limerick.
Dr Joachim Fischer, Senior Lecturer in German; Joint Director, Centre for
	Irish-German Studies, University of Limerick.
Dr Marieke Krajenbrink, Lecturer in German, Dept. of Languages and Cultural
	Studies, University of Limerick.
Dr Christopher Morris, Lecturer in Music, Dept. of Music, University College
	Cork.


We gratefully acknowledge the assistance provided by the Goethe Institute, Dublin;
The President of the University of Limerick; Mary Immaculate College; Arts Faculty
Conference Fund, UCC; Plassey Campus Centre;  Embassy of the Federal Republic of
Germany, Dublin.

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