The German Consulate General, the Swiss Consulate General and the Wagner Society of New York invite you to the first-ever public American screening of the documentary “Wagner – A Genius in Exile” by Andy Sommer on April 24.
In the movie, Antoine Wagner heads to Switzerland and follows the trail of his great-great-grandfather, the renowned composer Richard Wagner. It is not widely known that Richard Wagner spent several years in Switzerland – first as a political exile then as an artist who would become famous. It was in Switzerland that he wrote his great theoretical essays, began working on the composition of Der Ring des Nibelungen and wrote Tristan und Isolde, the Wesendonck-Lieder and Die Meistersinger.
The journey takes Antoine Wagner to Zurich and Lucerne, the cities where Richard Wagner lived, as well as to the rugged areas that his famous ancestor liked to explore. In order to comprehend the complex personality of his ancestor, Antoine meets historians, musicologists, musicians and enlightened amateurs including author Eva Rieger and Wagner’s great-granddaughter Dagny Beidler. The movie includes stunning footage of Switzerland and many musical excerpts. It is co-produced by Bel Air Media, SRF, 3SAT and Montagne TV with the support of Switzerland Tourism and the Centre national du cinémas et de l’image animée.
Film director Andy Sommer is renowned for his documentaries devoted to composers. Mr. Sommer has also produced live music programs throughout Europe and has collaborated with many illustrious conductors.
Antoine Wagner is an artist and filmmaker, and shows his work all over the globe. He was commissioned to create an Egg for Fabergé, currently on display in NYC. In 2015 Wagner will present his work at the Völkerkunde Museum Hamburg.
Film screening to be followed by a discussion with Antoine Wagner.
Location and time:
German Consulate General
871 United Nations Plaza (First Avenue at 49th Street)
New York, NY
Thursday, April, 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm