for forthcoming uk programmes of jewish or israeli interest

Wagner and Meyerbeer

this afternoon (wednesday 4th), 12.00-1.00pm, on bbc radio 3 (repeated from may 2013)
wagner, meyerbeer and palestrina (3rd of 5 daily epsiodes of wagner and his world) (in the composer of the week series)

“Wagner struggled to make ends meet as a young man in Paris but fell under the spell of French Grand Opera, in particular, the influence of Giacomo Meyerbeer.
Wagner would later violently reject Meyerbeer’s work in his hate-filled, anti-Semitic tract “Jewishness in Music”. Yet back in the late 1830s, he had fallen in love with the vast theatrical sweep of Meyerbeer’s work, channelling it into his own opera Rienzi …”

(if you missed it, available at


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