This course will examine Wagner's three masterpieces, apart from the Ring Cycle, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, and Parsifal, and the influences behind their creation, the circumstances surrounding their creation and production, and the development of Wagner's genius throughout this process. These phenomenal works changed the history of music and theater in so many different ways and provide us with wonders of revelation about human dynamics. As Owen Lee suggested in his 1998 Larkin-Stuart Lectures at the University of Toronto: "The intuitive Wagner saw deeper into human nature than the rest of us are likely to do. And so we need him . . . with his power to see unerringly into ourselves and so to help us with our lives." The class will use lecture, documentary, discussion, and numerous excerpts from these three music dramas to deepen our understanding and expand our enjoyment. Lecture (plus questions). Facilitated Discussion. Listening to Music or Other Audio. Viewing Videos.