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Wagner and Greece

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The Hellenic Centre

16-18 Paddington Street

Marylebone

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An illustrated lecture by Helena Matheopoulos.

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Throughout his adult life, Wagner felt a huge admiration for the Greeks and was decisively influenced by their mythology and drama, especially Aeschylus and his Oresteia Trilogy. (Agamemnon –Choeforoi–Eumenides). Indeed the conception and structure of The Ring (Der Ring des Nibelungen) as a Tetralogy (in which we follow the consequences of the characters’ actions and their impact on the prevailing world order through four separate operas), was inspired by this Trilogy, while Wagner’s depiction of the Gods bears obvious similarities to their Greek mythological counterparts: Wotan echoes the philandering Zeus, Fricka the wronged and perpetually nagging Hera and so on.

The talk will trace the source of this influence through Wagner’s own writings, illustrated with excerpts from DVD’s of various productions of the Ring worldwide.

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