In his new book, Alex Ross walks fearlessly into the snake pit of opinion and, in his words, “restores the magnificent confusion of what it means to be a Wagnerian”. In this extract, he looks at Wagner, women and love.
Alex Ross has been the music critic at The New Yorker since 1996. His first book, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. His third book Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music is now available.