The operas of Richard Wagner have been mined since their premieres for their psychological content and possible interpretations. One important vein is Jungian psychology, an approach that uses symbols, archetypes, and dreams to explore the human psyche. Each of Wagner’s operas contains numerous hidden symbols both on the stage and in the musical phrases of the orchestra. By deciphering these symbols, one can discover the unconscious motives and thoughts of the characters within his works. With this understanding, deeper psychological content surfaces in his operas.
Elizabeth Wessling, ’09 Carroll, IA
Majors: Music, Psychology
Sponsor: James Martin