Archive for May, 2010

Two-day Conference: “Wagner in LA:

The Opera of the 21st Century?” June 1–2, 2010, 10 am–6 pm

Hammer Museum

1pm Spectral Gesamtkunstwerk

Juliet Koss, Chair, Department of Art History, Scripps College

2:30pm Re-Inventing Bayreuth for the 21st Century: The 2007 Meistersinger as a Self Reflection of Performance History

Clemens Risi, Professor of Theater, Institut für Theaterwissenschaft, Berlin

4pm The Ring in Pieces: Götterdämmerung (Stuttgart Opera, Peter Konwitschny, 2002-2003)

David Levin, Professor of German and Theater and Performance, University of Chicago

5:30pm Wagner as a Christian Jew: The Alternate Endings of The Twilight of the Gods

Slavoj Zizek, Senior Researcher, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

7pm Public Reception

Info: http://www.hammer.ucla.edu or (310) 443-7000.

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

“Wagner and Myth,” June 5, 2010,
10 am–4 pm; LACMA

A day-long seminar featuring LA Opera’s Richard Seaver Music

Director James Conlon, LACMA curator Timothy O. Benson,

Wagner scholar John Deathridge, UCLA Musicology Professor

Mitchell Morris, and opera lecturer Desirée Mays. The seminar day

includes lunch and admission to the galleries.

Admission $65, open to 200 participants.

Register: http://www.laopera.com   o r (213) 972-8001.

Bing Auditorium, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

American Jewish University
Seminar: “Art & Morality—Music of an Anti-Semite,”
June 6, 2010, 10 am–3 pm
Dr. Michael Berenbaum moderates this seminar. Presenting
scholars include Sander Gilman, Steve Lowenstein, and Marc
Weiner. LA Opera’s Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon
will share brief remarks and Gottfried Wagner will make an
afternoon presentation.
RSVP: (310) 476-1279, seating is limited.
Gindi Auditorium (AJU), 15600 Mulholland Dr., Bel-Air, CA, 90077

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Robert v. Fullerton Art Museum

California State University, San Bernardino

“Timeless Enchantment: Richard Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung

in Performance, from Bayreuth in 1876 to LA in 2010,”

May 12, 2010, 5 pm

Info: museum.csusb.edu or (909) 537-5000.

5500 University Pkwy. San Bernardino, CA 92407

LA Opera Library Project:
Free Speakers Bureau talks
Beverly Hills Public Library.
“The Men of the Ring of the Niebelung,”
May 18, 2010, 7 pm. 444 N. Rexford Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210,
(310) 288-2220, http://www.bhpl.org

University of Southern California:
Brain and Creativity Institute
Roy and Edna Disney Cal Arts Theater.
“Myth, Wagner and the Human Brain,” May 30, 2010, 3–5 pm
A colloquium, featuring acclaimed theater and opera director
Peter Sellars, world-renowned visual artist Bill Viola, and Antonio
Damasio, internationally-renowned  neurologist .
Tickets: $10, http://www.redcat.org, (213) 237-2800.
REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

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April 15 – June 30, 2010

The first ever presentation in Los Angeles of  the  four-opera drama The Ring of the Nibelung.

For a full listing of events, please visit:


for the multiplicity of events from not only LA Opera, but also from cultural institutions as diverse as UCLA, Descanso Gardens, and American Jewish University.

Photography © LA Opera

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