Speight Jenkins will be
the first to tell you that there’s grand opera and then there are
Richard Wagner’s operas, those massive, sprawling epics populated by
feuding gods, warrior women sporting winged helmets, knights of the
Grail and sexually frustrated lovers.
General director of Seattle Opera since 1983, Jenkins is a passionate advocate for Wagner’s music.
Jenkins will speak
as part of the Opera Rap series Thursday at Music Hall, and when it
comes to “Explaining Wagner” (as his “Rap” is called) there’s hardly
anyone more uniquely qualified than the lanky, bespectacled Texan, who
“started speaking on opera in 1968 and never stopped.” 7 p.m. $5 at the door. Read Anne Arenstein's interview with Jenkins here.