Wagners operas and desire james m mcglathery wagner audiences are especially challenged to fathom the meaning of his operas for there is much mystery as to just what they depict this study attempts to meet that challenge for the ten operas . Wagners operas continue to be part of the classical opera repertoire a century and a half after his first theatrical success in dresden in the 1840s. The singer in a new opera now and until wagners time was the chief personage and the composer soon became merely a servant meanwhile opera was gaining a footing abroad that is to say outside italy in 1645 it was transplanted to france by cardinal mazarin and was introduced to germany some thirty years later. Be able to describe wagners innovations in opera and his desire to unite music and drama a lot more instruments very loud people didnt like it at first removed ensemble singing almost entirely created endless melody not catchy increased importance of orchestra sets more dramatic louder singers
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