The Miami Music Festival’s Wagner Institute advances Richard Wagner’s legacy of using an opera’s theatrics as part of the “total art” through innovations focused on technology,. This season, Wagner’s great-great-grandson, Antoine Wagner, makes his directorial debut, creating the concept, set design and direction for Act II of Die Walküre - the continuance of Wagner’s 4-opera saga, The Ring. Famous Bass Baritone Alan Held returns as Wotan and long time Wagnerian Soprano Linda Watson joins the cast of participants as Brunhilde. Following Die Walküre is yet another epic Wagner episode, Act II of Lohengrin.
VIP Ticket includes an exclusive post-event Cast Party and Meet & Greet with Antoine Wagner.
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Michael Rossi, conductor MMF Symphony Orchestra
Directors Antoine Wagner, Die Walküre Marc Callahan, Lohengrin
Cast Brunhilde, Linda Watson Wotan, Alan Held Wagner Institute Participants
RICHARD WAGNER Act II from Die Walküre (1813-1883) Concept, Set Design and Direction by Antoine Wagner
Act II from Lohengrin
Antoine Wagner, director
Antoine Wagner (b. 1982) is a French-American visual artist. Wagner's works span across photography, video, sound, sculpture and performance. His signature large-scale sound prints have been exhibited at the Voelkerkunde Museum in Hamburg, the Collection Lambert in Avignon, the Hermes Foundation and The Opera Bastille in Paris. He recently presented a new video installation at the Soluna Festival in Dallas (May 2018). A major exhibition of his photographs is currently on view at La Patinoire Royale Valerie Bach in Brussels, Belgium (through July 20, 2018).
At Frank Gehry's New World Center, Wagner is directing, staging and conceptualizing the second act of DieWalküre while exploring the limits of contemporary technology in the theatrical space. His upcoming projects for Fall 2018 include his exhibit "Ambivalence of the evident" at the Samuelis Baumgarte Gallery in Bielefeld Germany, as well as a participation in the InCadaques festival (Spain). Wagner is a graduate of Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and Sciences-Po (Paris) with a focus on Theater and Political Science. After completing a residency at Bob Wilson’s Watermill Center (Byrd Hoffman Watermill (2005), he became Michael Haneke’s assistant. His latest residency was at the Villa Medicis in Rome (2014). Wagner is a direct descendant of Richard Wagner, Franz Liszt and Marie D'Agoult.