Tragedy of a Friendship OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    November 1, 2013
    Closing:
    November 3, 2013

    Theater: Alexander Kasser Theater / 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ, 07043

    Synopsis: 

    Inspired by Richard Wagner’s 13 operatic masterpieces, Jan Fabre is putting his own shocking spin on the composer’s 200th birthday, documenting the friendship and dramatic feud between Wagner and philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Racing from humor to horror across the span of Wagner’s works, the piece features extremely graphic imagery and standout vocal performances from tenor Hans Peter Janssens and soprano Lies Vandewege. In collaboration with writer Stefan Hertmans and German composer Moritz Eggert, Jan Fabre has constructed a stunning piece of art that is part opera, part theatre, and not for the faint of heart.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Tragedy of a Friendship

    Nietzsche and Wagner’s Greatest Hits, and Naughty Bits

    Zachary Woolfe

    November 6, 2013: MONTCLAIR, N.J. — When Nietzsche and Wagner first met in 1868, the philosopher, more than 30 years Wagner’s junior, found a father figure. Wagner got an acolyte and mouthpiece. But their bromance cooled hard. Nietzsche thought Wagner’s art was growing complacent. (He also had a crush on Wagner’s wife.) Wagner thought excessive masturbation was causing Nietzsche’s health troubles. Years after Wagner died in 1883, Nietzsche wrote, “Wagner belongs only to my diseases.”

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