A sublime El Gato con Botas at El Museo del Barrio.

A Politically Complicated Wagner and a Winsome Retelling of ‘Puss in Boots’

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is a problematic opera—or, rather, it is an opera that has, in the last century or so, become problematic. Its composer, Richard Wagner, was a profound artist who insisted in treating on profound themes: Life, Death, Love, Redemption and so forth. In this opera, though, his focus shifted to different universalities: Art and (here comes the troubling part) what you might call “German-ness.”

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