Directed by Patrick McGrady
89 min | 2010 | UK/Switzerland/Russia/Germany | Not Rated
** Post-film discussion with Christopher McBeth, Artistic Director, Utah Opera.
Actor and writer, Stephen Fry explores his passion for the world’s most controversial
composer, but can he salvage Richard Wagner’s music from its dark associations with anti-Semitism and Hitler?
Fry’s quest begins in southern Germany where he is granted unique access to Bayreuth’s legendary Wagner festival. In Switzerland, he discovers the origins of Wagner’s masterpiece “The Ring.” In Bavaria, he marvels at the fairytale castle inspired by Wagner’s music, and in St. Petersburg, learns why Wagner fascinated Russian audiences.
Fry also confronts the composer’s dark side. In Nuremberg, he investigates how Hitler appropriated Wagner’s music, and in London meets a cellist who played in the prisoner’s orchestra at Auschwitz–where some of Fry’s relatives died. What will he think of his passion for Hitler’s favorite artist?
Animated by Fry’s trademark wit and intelligence and featuring a soundtrack of Wagner’s extraordinary music, Wagner & Me is a provocative yet enjoyable exploration of the life and legacy of one of history’s great geniuses.
Presented in Partnership with the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera as part of the 2014/2015 Cultural Festival: The Romantics.