Wagner Readings

Early Music | Romanticism | Research

The early music ensemble Concerto Köln and the internationally renowned conductor Kent Nagano are undertaking a forward-looking project with the "Wagner Lesarten". The project aims to approach Richard Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen" from the perspective and using methods of historically informed performance practice. In cooperation with various different disciplines, "Wagner Lesarten" is intended to give the international opera scene new impulses for historically informed approaches to music-theatrical works of the 19th century.

Ophelia's Culture PR supports the artistic-scientific project in its communication. In addition to pre-concerts to approach Wagner's sound language of the Ring, public relations work focuses in particular on project-accompanying workshops and symposia.

The early music ensemble Concerto Köln and the internationally renowned conductor Kent Nagano are undertaking a forward-looking project with the "Wagner Lesarten". The project aims to approach Richard Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen" from the perspective and using methods of historically informed performance practice. In cooperation with various different disciplines, "Wagner Lesarten" is intended to give the international opera scene new impulses for historically informed approaches to music-theatrical works of the 19th century.

Ophelia's Culture PR supports the artistic-scientific project in its communication. In addition to pre-concerts to approach Wagner's sound language of the Ring, public relations work focuses in particular on project-accompanying workshops and symposia.

Hardly any composer has been written about as much as Richard Wagner, hardly any composer polarizes as much as he does, and hardly any opera cycle is better known than "The Ring of the Nibelung". His composer and his opus magnum are an integral part of our cultural memory and the special focus of scholarship, music practice, and feature articles.

The Wagner Lesarten project, launched in May 2018, places an emphasis on reconstructing the instrumental, vocal, linguistic, and stage practices of Wagner's time, in addition to theoretical reflection on the project. Following several preliminary concerts at the Kölner Philharmonie - including the Wesendonck Lieder - Concerto Köln plans to realize Wagner's entire tetralogy step by step starting with the "Rheingold" in 2021.

The recently extended support from the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia will make the artistic realization of the project possible. The project receives further support from the Kunststiftung NRW, the Strecker Foundation and MBL.

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  • Nov. 18, 2021: Wagner's "Rheingold" in historical informed reading - 11/18 Cologne, 11/20 Amsterdam   

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Concerto Köln (c) Harald Hoffmann
 Wagner-Lesarten: Posaune (c) Michael Rathmann
Wagner-Lesarten: Pauke (c) Michael Rathmann
Kent Nagano (c) Felix Broede
Wagner-Lesarten: Probesituation in der Kölner Philharmonie (c) Michael Rathmann
Concerto Köln (c) Harald Hoffmann
Wagner-Lesarten (c) Michael Rathmann
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