Richard Wagner – Power, Sex and Revolution

Paul Mason on the intrigue of Richard Wagner’s seismic operas

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BBC Radio 4
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 11:30


Wagner’s operas present entire universes of golden-haired maidens, armour-clad heroes and mysterious creatures. But, of course, behind the adventures, important moral implications accompany the vast works.

In the second episode of his exploration of the true meaning behind Wagner’s operas, Paul Mason looks at what light Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg can shed on the world of the singing competition in 16th-century Nuremberg. A seemingly conventional world, the opera is a rich canvass of complex human relationships and dark emotional turmoil.

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