Did Richard Wagner Inspire Hitler or Did He Inspire ‘Star Wars’? And Does It Matter?

The whole question of modernity, in new assessments of the German composer and his work

The Problem With Wagner Festivals

They lead to naked dancing on the German chancellor’s plane

Why the New ‘Holocaust Music’ Is an Insult to Music—and to Victims of the Shoah

A recent wave of performances turns Jewish composers into shadow images defined only by their status as Hitler’s victims

The Israeli Wagner

Playwright Joshua Sobol brings the composer to life on the Vienna stage but can’t bring him home to Tel Aviv

Sundown: Pride in the Tel Aviv Streets

Plus Nixon on the Jews, and more

Sundown: The Valkyries Ride in Israel

Plus Sunday in the Park with Israel, and more

Timeless

Judaism rejects the notions of beauty that underscore Christian classical music, from Bach to Mozart—but the music still speaks to us

Jewish Star

Despite his notorious pro-Hitler comments at Cannes, Lars von Trier is more of a Jew than he knows and Melancholia a more Jewish movie than he realizes

Ring of Truth

The Metropolitan Opera’s new Siegfried, part of its ambitious Ring cycle, exposes the greatness—and the limitations—of Wagner and his admirers

Understudy

The new production of Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera is well cast but marred by poor conducting

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