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Did Richard Wagner Inspire Hitler or Did He Inspire ‘Star Wars’? And Does It Matter?

The whole question of modernity, in new assessments of the German composer and his work

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The Problem With Wagner Festivals

They lead to naked dancing on the German chancellor’s plane

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Why the New ‘Holocaust Music’ Is an Insult to Music—and to Victims of the Shoah

A recent wave of performances turns Jewish composers into shadow images defined only by their status as Hitler’s victims

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The Israeli Wagner

Playwright Joshua Sobol brings the composer to life on the Vienna stage but can’t bring him home to Tel Aviv

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Sundown: Pride in the Tel Aviv Streets

Plus Nixon on the Jews, and more

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Sundown: The Valkyries Ride in Israel

Plus Sunday in the Park with Israel, and more

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Timeless

Judaism rejects the notions of beauty that underscore Christian classical music, from Bach to Mozart—but the music still speaks to us

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Jewish Star

Despite his notorious pro-Hitler comments at Cannes, Lars von Trier is more of a Jew than he knows and Melancholia a more Jewish movie than he realizes

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Ring of Truth

The Metropolitan Opera’s new Siegfried, part of its ambitious Ring cycle, exposes the greatness—and the limitations—of Wagner and his admirers

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Understudy

The new production of Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera is well cast but marred by poor conducting

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Perversion Was Never So Dull

The New York Philharmonic Opening Night Gala

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Muted

Performances of Wagner’s music are effectively banned in Israel. Should they be?

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Israeli Orchestra Plays Wagner in Germany

Think of it as a wonderful bit of revenge

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Sundown: Breaking! Ashkenazim Are Smart

Plus, Adelsons offer new Birthright gift, King kills Blitzer, and more

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Our Revenge on Wagner

Jewish opera buffs make buffa of Wagner’s opera

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Notes From Underground

A new history examines the Jewish role in the musical world of Czarist Russia

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Lord of the Ring

How Richard Wagner ousted Giacomo Meyerbeer from the operatic pantheon

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Sundown: Hate the Composer, Not the Music

Oppenheimer, Winehouse, and Seinfeld

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Isn’t He Romantic

Uncovering the lost works of Felix Mendelssohn

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