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Wagner and Offenbach by Dr Peter Bassett

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Saturday 19 Sep 2020
3:00 pm to 5:00 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.

In the present circumstances, audience numbers will be strictly limited and registration is required in advance. If you are a member of the Society and wish to attend, please make your payment of $15 as soon as possible to: Wagner Society in Queensland, BSB: 124 021  Account Number: 2261 2919. Please identify your deposit with your name and the month, for example SMITHAUGUST.  And please let the Secretary know at , so that your name can be placed on the list. Attendance will be on a first-come-first-served basis, with preference initially given to WSQ Members until the quota is reached. The entrance charge for guests, once approved, is $20.