The Dresden Music Festival and Concerto Köln have agreed to continue a project initiated in 2018 under the title »Wagner-Lesarten« (»Wagner Interpretations«). The goal of this cooperation is to present a concert version of Richard Wagner’s »Der Ring des Nibelungen« featuring the Dresden Festival Orchestra and Concerto Köln performing a historically informed interpretation under the baton of conductor Kent Nagano.
»I am delighted that we can continue our journey of discovery towards a ›historically informed Ring‹ with Jan Vogler and the Dresden Music Festival. Wagner and Dresden – those two belong together, as the audience will be able to ascertain over the coming years,« says Kent Nagano, Concerto Köln’s Conductor Laureate.
»Kent Nagano and Concerto Köln have begun a truly intriguing project, and now the wonderful musicians of the Dresden Festival Orchestra will join these efforts. ›Wagner-Lesarten‹ will influence the reception and interpretation of Wagner’s music throughout the world. We are proud that this project now has a home in Dresden,« says Jan Vogler, Artistic Director of the Dresden Music Festival.
Under the joint artistic leadership of Kent Nagano and the Artistic Director of the Dresden Music Festival, Jan Vogler, Wagner’s famous opera tetralogy will be re-examined using the methods of historically informed performance practice. The artistic and musicological project includes the continuous performance of the tetralogy over the course of several years as well as a comprehensive framework program featuring lectures, workshops and symposia. The endeavour will also involve further national and international partner institutions.
The 46th Dresden Music Festival takes place from May 18 to June 18, 2023.
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