The best books on music and drama, as recommended by some of the most eminent critics, scholars, writers and directors in the field. Reading lists on subjects including theatre directing, opera, Wagner, Shakespeare, Broadway, filmmaking and classical music.
Richard Wagner’s works are as immense as they are influential: the four-part, 15-hour saga Der Ring des Nibelungen is the most analysed opera of all time. And yet, Wagner was arrogant and virulently anti-semitic. Can we separate the musical genius from the man? Opera critic Michael Tanner recommends the best books on Wagner.