Suggested initial topic reading: Eroticism and Wagner: A rejoinder.
In so doing it suggests that such events betray the talent and skills of more traditional performers, as well as new performers and composers, and belittle the genre.
Accordingly, it compares and contrasts the operatic careers of Classic BRIT Awards ‘greats’ such as Katherine Jenkins and Russell Watson with Dame Kiri te Kanawa and Luciano Pavarotti.
The erotic experience of music should therefore be viewed as one of his greatest legacies.
Drawing on work such as that by Hanns Fuchs who suggested that Wagner was a homosexual in spirit (if not in body), this study not only analyses the work of Wagner but also contextualises his work to his personal relationships.