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Wagner saves the day: lessons in love and good behaviour

06 July 2017 | by Robert Thicknesse

OPERA

 

Can the world be saved? And is opera a sensible place to work out how? Richard Wagner would say yes to both. The “universal artform” he reinvented first saw daylight with The Ring of the Nibelung, of which The Valkyrie is the second instalment. It is also the one where structures of fear and power begin to crumble, where mortals teach the gods how to behave and how to love.





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