While the reception and interpretation of Wagner’s Ring-tetralogy in the German-speaking area is very well documented, knowledge and research about the pan-European situation is humble. This symposium’s task is to trace European interpretations of mythological, archetypical and political aspects in Wagner’s Musikdrama. Numerous case studies form Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, Scandinavia, Southern Europe, France, England and Italy depict the Ring’s positioning in European culture. Discussed are the complex and extensive correlations between staging, aesthetical and social discourses and the drama’s transfer into certain socio-historical settings. Does the interpretation of the Ring des Nibelungen reflect society’s self-perception? And which Weltanschauungen can be discovered within it’s present reception?
These profound questions are tried to be answered by some of the most distinguished scientific researchers and practitioners. Amongst them are Udo Bermbach (Hamburg), Daniel Brandenburg (Bayreuth/Vienna), Mário Vieira de Carvalho (Lisbon), John Deathridge (London), Sieghart Döhring (Thurnau), Sven Friedrich (Bayreuth), Hermann Grampp (Paris/Berlin), Joachim Herz (Dresden), Ioan Holender (Vienna), Kaspar Bech Holten (Copenhagen), Krzysztof Kozlowski (Lodz), Andreas Láng (Vienna), Oliver Láng (Vienna), Konrad-Paul Liessmann (Vienna), Stephan Mösch (Berlin), Vera Nemirova (Berlin), Kristel Pappel (Tallinn), Alexej Parin (Moscow), Gerd Rienäcker (Berlin), Hannu Salmi (Turku), Wilhelm Sinkovicz (Vienna), Mathias Spohr (Zurich), Tibor Tállian (Budapest), Susanne Vill (Bayreuth), Franz-Welser-Möst (Vienna).
The documentation of this symposium has been published on 17 December, 2010.