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Wagner and Offenbach by Dr Peter Bassett

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Saturday 19 Sep 2020
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Queensland Multicultural Centre

Offenbach and Wagner

Richard Wagner and Jacques Offenbach (born Jakob Levy Offenbach in Cologne) pursued fame and fortune in Paris in the footsteps of their countryman Giacomo Meyerbeer (Jakob Liebmann Beer), but whereas Wagner soon abandoned any French persona, Offenbach cultivated his until the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War. While lampooning Wagner’s achievements and engaging him in an on-going public spat, Offenbach revealed something of his true feelings by writing a serious opera with the Wagnerian-sounding title of Die Rheinnixen (staged Vienna 1864) and quoting it in his most celebrated work (unfinished at his death) drawing on tales by E T A Hoffmann.