Friedelind Wagner: Richard Wagner's Rebellious Granddaughter by Eva Rieger,Chris Walton

By Eva Rieger,Chris Walton

She used to be now not the 'black sheep' of her kin, as frequently claimed, yet a heroic insurgent. Friedelind Wagner (1918-1991), Richard Wagner's independent-minded granddaughter, daughter of Siegfried and WinifredWagner, despised her mother's shut liaison with Adolf Hitler and was once the single member of the Wagner extended family who fled Germany in protest. even though Winifred warned her that the Nazis may 'exterminate' her, may still she proceed her open competition, she travelled to London and released articles pillorying the Nazi élite. all of the related, her former proximity to Hitler & Co. made her suspicious within the eyesof the professionals, who briskly interned her. Even the British Parliament debated her destiny. purely with assistance from the world-famous conductor Arturo Toscanini was once she capable of achieve an go out visa. Onceshe arrived in big apple she broadcast, lectured and released opposed to the Nazis, wrote an autobiography, and have become pals with many different emigrants together with singers who had themselves deserted Bayreuth. After the warfare the Mayor of Bayreuth requested her to run the competition, yet she declined in favour of her brothers. They confirmed little gratitude, besides the fact that, for after Friedelind again to Germany in1953 she came upon herself manoeuvred out of any position within the pageant administration. She nonetheless made a extraordinary attempt to discover a distinct segment in post-war German society and tradition, and did her top to manage witha kinfolk infamous for its intrigues previous and current. Friedelind Wagner remained a staunch pal of artists akin to Wilhelm Furtwängler, Frida Leider, Otto Klemperer, Erich Kleiber, Leonard Bernstein, Walter Felsenstein, Michael Tilson Thomas and lots of others.
Drawing on archival study in lots of nations, Eva Rieger has the following written the first-ever biography of Richard Wagner's gifted, creative granddaughter who fought opposed to Hitler's Germany, yet accomplished no own good fortune for her issues. Her publication offers many new insights into wartime and postwar musical lifestyles in Germany, Europeand the United States.

EVA RIEGER is a feminist musicologist and writer of many books on music.

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