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“Hurry away then towards the East” – PETER BASSETT

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Saturday 19 Feb 2022
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Queensland Multicultural Centre

Richard Wagner grew up in early 19th century Saxony when there was growing fascination with Chinese porcelain and decoration, Persian stories and poetry, and Indian ideas and philosophies. Mozart, Spohr and Weber had already drawn on eastern subjects in their works, and other composers followed suit. In the 1830s, Wagner toyed with an opera inspired by The Thousand and One Nights, and in the 1850’s, disillusioned and in exile, he talked about settling down in what was then the Ottoman Empire. His interest in the Orient and its philosophies never left him, as Tristan und Isolde, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung and Parsifal demonstrate beyond doubt. As we contemplate the planned Brisbane Ring production directed by Chen Shi-Zheng, it is timely to look at Eastern influences which played such an important part in Wagner’s creative endeavours.

You are invited to register for the Meeting by informing our Secretary Rosemary Cater-Smith at or via the ‘Contact’ page of the website, and making a bank transfer to Bank of Queensland, BSB: 124021 Account Number: 22612919. Payments are $15 for members and $20 for guests. Please use your name and the date (eg Jones February) to identify your payment.