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Experience Richard Wagner - a Symposium in Abu Dhabi© Goethe-Institut/Nizar Shorbagi

Symposium in Abu Dhabi
Experience Richard Wagner

The world-renowned Bayreuth Festival is bringing Richard Wagner’s ’The Valkyrie’ to Abu Dhabi. Organized by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi and under the patronage of Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, the performances will take place on January 30, 2019 and February 1, 2019 at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. 

Symposium 29.01.2019

On 29 January 2019, the German Embassy in the UAE in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut will hold a symposium the title, ‘Experience Richard Wagner’.

Participants are:
HE Minister of State Zaki Nusseibeh,
Katharina Wagner (artistic director and co-director of the Bayreuth Festival, great granddaughter of the renowned composer),
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Berner (University of Bayreuth),
Dr. Ronald Perlwitz (Head of Music and Arts Department, Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi),
Prof. Dr. Jeongwon Joe (University of Cincinnati).

A panel discussion with all experts is followed by a film program.

Conference Schedule

January 29, 2018 at the Manarat Al-Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi

H.E. Ambassador Ernst Peter Fischer
14:00 – 14:15pm

14:15 — 15:00pm


Wagner and Islam, with Q&A., Prof. Dr. Ulrich Berner (University of Bayreuth).


15:00 — 15:45pm


The Romantic Influence of Richard Wagner’s Ring, with Q&A, Dr. Ronald Perlwitz.


15:45 — 16:00pm

Coffee break

16:00 — 16:45pm


Wagner and Film, with Q&A, Prof. Jeongwon Joe.


16:45 — 17:30pm


Panel discussion with minister of state H.E. Zaki Nusseibeh (tbc), Katharina Wagner (tbc), Prof. Dr. Ulrich Berner, Dr. Ronald Perlwitz, Prof. Jeongwon Joe (moderator: Dr. Ronald Perlwitz ).


17:30 — 18:00pm


Coffee break with snacks


18:00 — 19:50pm

Film screening:
The Life and Works of Richard Wagner, Germany 1913
dir.: Carl Fröhlich, runtime 90’, German intertitles with English

20:00 — 23:30pm

Film screening:
Ludwig, Italy, France, Germany, 1973,
dir: Luchino Visconti, runtime 238’, Italian with English subtitles

Film program

Speaker Profile

Trailer Bayreuth Festival „Die Wallküre“

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