Listening to Wagner

A friend recently asked me how to get into the operas of Wagner. It’s a vexed question, this one, but I’m going to try to answer it from a very personal viewpoint.

First, my experience. I was a choral singer – I started in a church choir at the age of seven – and also belonged to a local dramatic and operatic society. My first on-stage outing was as a page to the Duchess of Plaza-Toro in The Gondoliers. These experiences guided how I approached Wagner – I sought out the choral parts, and there are many.

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