Siegfried Wagner – a life torn between other people’s expectations and personal wishes. His music reveals the dichotomy between his position as the only male heir to the Wagner clan and his longing for fullfillment of gay love. To take both sides into account, we will play works from his personal surroundings and from popular culture of his generation as well as his own works. Music from popular culture – in contrast to serious classical music- always showed queer themes and figures relatively openly.
Daniel Philipp Witte is regarded as one of the greatest up and coming new talent in the field of german heroic tenors, already presenting his Wagner interpretations at the Bayreuth festival or alongside wagnerian wordstars like Waltraud Meier and Siegfried Jerusalem.
Tim Stolte already succeeded as heroic baritone internationally. In the forthcoming season he will debut as Méphistophélès in Ch. Gounods “Faust” at the “Wernigeröder Schlossfestspiele” and as Simone in A. Zemlinskys “Eine florentinische Tragödie” at the Rennes (FR) opera. At the moment he is working as cover in “Der fliegende Holländer” at the Lübeck theatre.
Singers: Daniel Philipp Witte, tenor & Tim Stolte, bass-baritone
Pianist: Ralph Zedler
Programme: Siegfried and Richard Wagner, Clement Harris, Peter Cornelius, Emmerich Kálmán and Paul Abraham.
For the concert, the musicians will use a piano A-170 of the Bayreuth-manufactory Steingraeber & Söhne. www.steingraeber.de