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Schopenhauer in Tristan: Beyond a usual love duet. Professor Stephen Emmerson.

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Saturday 17 Jun 2023
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Waltraud Meier as Isolde and Ian Storey as Tristan, in the 2007 La Scala production conducted by Daniel Barenboim and directed by Patrice Chéreau.

Our Meeting on 17 June at the Queensland Multicultural Centre will feature Stephen Emmerson discussing the influence of the writings and ideas of philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer on Richard Wagner’s ground-breaking Handlung (‘Performance’ or ‘Action’) Tristan und Isolde. There will be a particular focus on the perspectives and opinions of two English philosophers: Brian Magee and Roger Scruton. The presentation will include showing the love duet from Act 2 from the La Scala production, illustrated above.

Members and Guests are warmly invited to attend. If you are coming to this fascinating presentation, please let our Secretary Alpha Yap know at and make your payment of $15 (members) or $20 (guests) by transfer to the Bank of Queensland, Wagner Society in Queensland, BSB 124-021, Account No. 2261-2919. Please add your name and ‘June’ to your bank transfer to assist with identification.

Professor Stephen Emmerson will be participating in the Ring Symposia in December 2023, coinciding with Opera Australia’s performances of Der Ring des Nibelungen. For details see the ‘Wagner in Brisbane’ page of this website.