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History vs. Opera: Tannhäuser

Posted on: December 15, 2020

Dr. Muriel McClendon, Associate Professor for History at UCLA, and Jeremy Frank, LA Opera's Associate Chorus Master, continue their exploration into the historic fictions of opera, what they get right and wrong. More importantly they dig into what the opera reveals about the time in which it was created and how it relates to today. In this episode, Muriel and Jeremy are joined by Samuel B. Keeley, a postdoctoral researcher at Leibniz Institute for European History, to examine Wagner's opera Tannhäuser and the German history surrounding it.