WAGNER INTOXICATION: LISTENING TO GOTTFRIED WAGNER

“The Truth Nobody Wants to Hear”

“Wagner Intoxication”: Listening to Gottfried Wagner

Part 2, The Interview

“Dear Larry, we have this in common. We have decided no longer to take the drug of Wagner, and when you do that, you get hated.” –Gottfried Wagner, May 9, 2019

Like Gottfried, I have experienced shunning by mainstream operagoers and Wagnerites. Like Gottfried and inspired by him, I often feel like, and often am, a lone wolf. I have had a voluminous exchange with Gottfried going back many years which will be given to my collected papers at the New York Public Library. As Gottfried’s English is more fluent than my German, most of this correspondence is in English.

“In the Case of Winifred Wagner, what we’re now agreeing is that she believed what she was indoctrinated to believe, but which turns out to be what’s really there in Wagner’s meanings and intentions, in his writings and art.”

— Gottfried Wagner

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Larry Mass is a physician who writes about health and culture

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Larry Mass - at www.lawrencedmass.com

Larry Mass - at www.lawrencedmass.com

Larry Mass is a physician who writes about health and culture