Here are answers from half a dozen contributors: conductors Peter Phillips (The Tallis Scholars) and Harry Christophers (The Sixteen, Boston Handel & Haydn Society), a documentarian, an atheist, an archbishop, and a prominent rabbi. (And no, they did not walk into a bar.)
While he had an operatic repertoire of over 50 roles in eight languages, he was known even more for lieder and concert music, and he made more than 100 recordings.
In a brief essay, Asher Fisch, a native-born Israeli and a protégé of Daniel Barenboim, explains how he believes his mentor went wrong in his 2001 attempt to break the Jewish state’s longstanding Wagner taboo – and how he hopes to succeed. Says Fisch, “It’s up to me, and it’s waiting to happen.”