Ring 2013 Speaker
Dr. Mark Berry is Lecturer in Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, and previously taught as an historian at the University of Cambridge. His longstanding interest in Wagner more generally, and in the Ring in particular, arose partly from his desire to bring together musical, historical, and philosophical interests. Dr. Berry received the Prince Consort Prize and the Seeley Medal for his work on Wagner. Whilst maintaining and furthering his interests in Wagner and, more generally, in nineteenth-century musical and intellectual history, Dr. Berry’s subsequent research has also looked back toward the eighteenth century, including Bach, Mozart, and Haydn, and forward to the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Recent articles include essays on Parsifal, Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron, Theodor Adorno’s and Wilhelm Furtwängler’s conceptions of Bach, Haydn and the Enlightenment, and power and patronage in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and Die Zauberflöte.
Dr. Berry’s Treacherous Bonds and Laughing Fire: Politics and Religion in Wagner’s ‘Ring’, is published by Ashgate. At present, he is writing a history of political music drama from Parsifal to Luigi Nono, due for publication in 2013, which considers the difficulties and indeed the very possibility of politically committed opera in late capitalist society. Future plans include an intellectual biography of Arnold Schoenberg and co-editing the Cambridge Companion to Wagner’s ‘Ring’. Dr. Berry is also an active concert and opera reviewer: all published reviews may be found on his blog. He also writes regular book reviews for a range of academic and popular journals, ranging from Music and Letters to Times Higher Education, and is a regular contributor to The Wagner Journal. Further details may be found on Dr. Berry’s webpage.