Introductions to the operas of Richard Wagner
In each of his Wagner lectures, Detlev Eisinger outlines the plot, discusses how the opera orginated and tells the story of its performance. He explains the historical context, the psychological and philosophical aspects and points out the main sources from which the composer drew inspiration.
Of course, he also talks about the structure of the music and the most important themes, motifs and leitmotifs, and plays, in part or in full, arrangements and adaptations of some of the arias and scenes,
also illustrating at the piano many interesting cross-connections to other composers. What he is keen to do is lay the groundwork to enable those audience members who are less well informed better to understand and enjoy the subsequent performance of Wagner’s opera.