Wagner 1900

An interdisciplinary conference featuring two performances


Monday 9 April – Wednesday 11 April 2018

Faculty of Music and Jesus College, University of Oxford


Conference keynote speakers:

Barry Millington

Patrick Carnegy


Jesus College and the Faculty of Music at Oxford will be pleased to host the interdisciplinary conference ‘Wagner 1900’ on 9-11 April 2018. Featuring two performances and a rich academic programme, ‘Wagner 1900’ will investigate the impact of Richard Wagner on fin-de-siècle Vienna in music, history, politics, the visual arts, theatre and German culture. Two performances will be at the centre of the conference: each integrates and opens key issues of performance practice in historical and contemporary staging, thus making ‘Wagner 1900’ a unique combination of research-based performance and performance-based research. The reconstruction of Gustav Mahler’s production of Wagner’s Tristan in 1903 will open a new perspective to investigate the complex interpretative questions raised by historical performances, while John Casken’s new piece Kokoschka’s Doll (2017), performed by Sir John Tomlinson with the Ensemble Counterpoise, offers a seminal contribution by proposing a contemporary vision of fin-de-siècle Vienna.

We look forward to welcome speakers and delegates from various continents and disciplines.


Conference Committee

Anna Stoll Knecht [convenor], Roger Allen, Anastasia Belina, Peter Franklin, Tosca Lynch and Merel van Tilburg


The conference organisers gratefully acknowledge the support of Jesus College (Oxford), the Steegmann Foundation, the Wagner Society and Richard Wagner Verband in making this event possible.