She used to be now not the 'black sheep' of her relatives, as usually claimed, yet a heroic insurgent. Friedelind Wagner (1918-1991), Richard Wagner's independent-minded granddaughter, daughter of Siegfried and WinifredWagner, despised her mother's shut liaison with Adolf Hitler and was once the single member of the Wagner extended family who fled Germany in protest. even though Winifred warned her that the Nazis might 'exterminate' her, should still she proceed her open competition, she travelled to London and released articles pillorying the Nazi élite. the entire related, her former proximity to Hitler & Co. made her suspicious within the eyesof the experts, who quickly interned her. Even the British Parliament debated her destiny. basically with the aid of the world-famous conductor Arturo Toscanini used to be she capable of achieve an go out visa. Onceshe arrived in big apple she broadcast, lectured and released opposed to the Nazis, wrote an autobiography, and have become buddies with many different emigrants together with singers who had themselves deserted Bayreuth. After the battle the Mayor of Bayreuth requested her to run the pageant, yet she declined in favour of her brothers. They confirmed little gratitude, although, for after Friedelind again to Germany in1953 she discovered herself manoeuvred out of any position within the pageant administration. She nonetheless made a extraordinary attempt to discover a distinct segment in post-war German society and tradition, and did her most sensible to manage witha relations infamous for its intrigues previous and current. Friedelind Wagner remained a staunch good friend of artists corresponding to Wilhelm Furtwängler, Frida Leider, Otto Klemperer, Erich Kleiber, Leonard Bernstein, Walter Felsenstein, Michael Tilson Thomas and lots of others.
Drawing on archival study in lots of nations, Eva Rieger has right here written the first-ever biography of Richard Wagner's gifted, inventive granddaughter who fought opposed to Hitler's Germany, yet completed no own luck for her issues. Her booklet supplies many new insights into wartime and postwar musical existence in Germany, Europeand the United States.
EVA RIEGER is a feminist musicologist and writer of many books on music.