Variants in Wagner Vocal Lines

    Variants in Wagner Vocal Lines

      (The "Ring" Operas)
      By Susan S. Webb


      This unusual volume is a departure from any volume we have ever published. It contains the musical and texts variants from one published or manuscript source to another, as they are found in Wagner's DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN.

      To this unique volume by Susan S. Webb, the author brings years of
      experience having worked with first rate exponents of Wagner's Ring
      Cycle, probably most notable being Wolfgang Wagner, himself,
      who invited Miss Webb to join the music staff of the Bayreuther
      Festspiele for the 1988 "Ring" and provided her with the incomparable
      experience of spending weeks and weeks in the capitol city of
      Susan S. Webb has been an assistant conductor and prompter with the
      San Francisco, Chicago Lyric and Metropolitan Opera companies. Her
      full-time engagement with the Metropolitan Opera began when Music
      Director James Levine invited her to be an assistant for the "Ring":
      four new productions which were videotaped and shown on public
      television, and recorded by Deutsche Grammaphon.
      In her thirty-five years in professional opera, Miss Webb has had ample
      opportunity to appreciate the practical problems raised by editoral
      variants in hours of rehearsal with such great Wagnerian singers as
      Hildegarde Behrens, Rainer Goldberg, Ben Heppner, Peter Hoffmann,
      James King, Christa Ludwig, Franz Mazura, James Morris, Birgit
      Nilsson, Leonie Rysanek, Thomas Stewart, Jess Thomas, John
      Tomlinson, Ekkehard Wlashiha, Heinz Zednik and many others.
      As a music staff member of the Bayreuther Festspiele, she helped
      to prepare the 1988 "Ring" (Barenboim/Kupfer), taking advantage of
      her research in the National Archives to provide information on "Ring"
      variants. When Miss Webb showed her proposal and some examples
      of her comparison of variants to Herr Wolfgang Wagner, head of the
      Festival and grandson of the composer, he said that he was pleased
      that the work represented the best of both worlds; it was both scholarly
      and practical.
      In addition to this volume, the author has provided libretto translations
      (German/English) for the Metropolitan Opera Guild, including the
      operas, Fidelio; Die Entführung aus dem Serail; Die Zauberflöte; Elektra;
      Der Fliegende Holländer; Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; and

      pp. Hard Binding Smyth-Sewn
      ISBN 1-878617-65-6