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Our Revenge on Wagner

Jewish opera buffs make buffa of Wagner’s opera

Marc Tracy
June 17, 2011

In the New York Review of Books, Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt refers, in the course of a (subscription-only) essay on Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle, to “Wagner’s vicious anti-Semitism and about the playful attempt by my Wagner-loving Jewish friends to counter its poisonous effects by standing out on the balcony during the intermission and dining on whitefish salad and bagels.”

That’ll show him!

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.