Jan Fabre’s new work depicts both the friendship and feud between Wagner and Nietzsche.

Tragedy of a Friendship

Jan Fabre, Moritz Eggert, Vlaamse Opera

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Tragic is the right word to describe the friendship between Richard Wagner and Friedrich Nietzsche. At first the composer of the Gesamtkunstwerk and the philosopher with the hammer were full of admiration for one another, but later the young Nietzsche became increasingly disappointed by the older Wagner. In two vitriolic essays he rased him to the ground. As well as this fascinating story of the relationship between the thinker and the artist, the Flemish director Jan Fabre was also inspired by the thirteen groundbreaking opera masterpieces which Wagner wrote. In collaboration with writer Stefan Hertmans and German composer Moritz Eggert, he has constructed a dramatic work in homage to one of his favourite composers.

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