The Dissonant Gesamtkunstwerk. Wagner Productions between Artistic Craft and Aesthetic Ideology

The project explores Richard Wagner’s theory of the Gesamtkunstwerk in relation to modernity. Drawing upon the history of Wagnerian singing, Nakhutsrishvili will investigate the material impact of Wagner’s art ideology, affording particular attention to the figure of the multifunctional »Singschauspielerin« [singing actress], who counteracted much of the division of labor common in the modern opera industry, and the debate surrounding the declining quality of Wagnerian singing. The project will be additionally supervised by Prof. Dr. Anno Mungen from the Research Institute for Music Theater Studies, Schloss Thurnau.

Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation 2015–2017
Head researcher(s): Luka Nakhutsrishvili