The Wagner Operas Podcasts is a series of short audio programs dedicated to the life and work of Richard Wagner. Listen in using your computer, or download them to your iPhone, iPod or iPad. Click here to go to the Wagner Operas Podcasts.
 
Our Current Podcast
Bayreuth 2010: Of Rats and Men and Lohengrin

No stranger to controversy these days The Bayreuth Festival opened at the end of July with a new production of Lohengrin directed by one of the best-known Regietheater directors, Hans Neuenfels. His tongue-in-cheek take on Richard Wagner's most romantic opera involves setting it in a land overrun by rats. There was laughter at the Festspielhaus, there were loud boos, and there was also the beautiful singing of Jonas Kaufmann and Annette Dasch who ignited opening night with their passionate singing.

Program Duration: 1 hour, 01 minute, 45 seconds

Our Previous Podcast
Bayreuth 2007: Katharina's Meistersinger

The Bayreuth Festival opened with a much anticipated production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg directed by Katharina Wagner, daughter of Wolfgang Wagner. As the heir apparent to the family business, Katharina's new production shows that the Festival wants to continue breaking with the traditions of the past. For some, her new production is bold and innovative, while others have dismissed it as insulting Eurotrash. As you will hear, the boos and cheers mixed during this year's opening night.

Program Duration: 1 hour, 04 minutes, 48 seconds

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The Announcer for the Wagner Operas Podcast: Brian Carson

Brian Carson is an actor, singer and puppeteer.  Originally from central Pennsylvania, he has a B.A. from Messiah College. Brian is currently performing in the original off-Broadway cast of John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean. Brian has performed with Wildlife Conservation Society’s Wildlife Theater, Concrete Temple Theater’s Bird Machine, Disney’s former World of Disney: NYC on Fifth Avenue, the former Juilliard Choral Union’s main choir and smaller chorale making it possible for him to sing under the direction of Skitch Henderson with the New York Pops in their Holiday Concert at Carnegie Hall, the New York City Ballet’s Chichester Psalms, Symphony Space’s Wall to Wall Sondheim, and in concert with They Might be Giants at Jazz at Lincoln Center.  In 2006, he worked in the production department of the Tribeca Film Festival.  Brian may be seen in such films as The Interpreter (dir. Sydney Pollack), World Trade Center (dir. Oliver Stone), The Good Shepherd (dir. Robert De Niro), along with lead roles in several independent student films.  He appeared on Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, The Book of Daniel, Rescue Me, and 30 Rock.  In his New York debut, Brian took the Toys “R” Us Holiday Parade by storm portraying Mrs. Potatohead.
Brian’s own venture, Creatures Inspired, is a series of puppet musings in the form of web shorts currently available at www.YouTube.com/CreaturesInspired or www.CreaturesInspired.com