Wagner Society Blogs

Book Review from one who should know

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Posted November 24, 2014

One of the Society's illustrious Life Members has written a wonderful book review of a two-volume set on Richard Wagner. Dame Gwyneth Jones reviews a comprehensive work, The Wagner Experience by Dr. Paul Dawson-Bowling. The Wagner Experience covers Wagner, Wagnerianism, Wagner opera performances and also Dawson-Bowling's own personal Wagner experiences.

Dr. Dawson-Bowling is a frequent contributor to the Wagner Society publication Leitmotive.

Nina Stemme's Cautious Path to Stardom

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Posted on November 23, 2014

Interview with Hugh Canning, London Times:

Coming soon to a University near you!

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November 21, 2014

We just received word from Speight  Jenkins that he will be teaching a course for Stanford Continuing Studies. Here's the message from Speight:

I have no idea whether you or any of your fellow Wagner Society of Northern California friends would be interested--although I hope so--but I wanted you to know that I am teaching a course at Stanford Continuing Studies in the winter quarter coming up. The first course is a survey of opera.

Valhalla by way of Boston

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If you happen to be in Boston on December 10th, there is a terrific concert scheduled at the New England Conservatory of Music. NECM Voice Professor Jane Eaglen and her dear friend Greer Grimsley will be performing in concert with conductor Robert Spano. The program is entitled "An Evening in Valhalla"

Ticket prices range from $500 (pre-concert reception, concert and post-concert dinner) to $100 - $150 for single tickets.

The concert benefits the Student Life and Performance Center the Conservatory

more at this link: http://necmusic.edu/diewalkure

Free Concert on December 3rd

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Posted November 21, 2014

Stephan Schlüter, The Consul General of the German Republic, has extended an invitation to the Wagner Society to a special concert on December 3rd at 7:00 p.m.

Location

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
3281 16th Street
San Francisco, California 94103
United States

Meese dropped from 2016 Parsifal

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November 15, 2014

Frankfurter Allegemeine reports that the Financial Director for the Bayreuth Festival, Heinz-Dieter Sense, has reviewed the proposed production designs for the 2016 Parsifal and determined that it is not possible to produce the opera within the established budget. The costumes, elaborate unfolding sets and production were deemed too costly.

Remembering Henning Bauer

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November 15, 2014

Our dear WSNC Member, former Board Member, Dr. Henning Bauer passed away last weekend. Dr. Bauer will be greatly missed by his devoted family, the music community and his many friends and colleagues.

The WSNC Wagner Piano Recital of Stephan Möller to be held on Sunday November 16th in San Francisco, will be dedicated to Henning Bauer.

Henning Bauer is pictured here with his beloved wife Liese Bauer.

Below is a link to his obituary in the San Francisco Chronicle

Wagner, Beethoven and Nike, of course

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November 15, 2014

Thanks to Harleigh Knott for this item from the Los Angeles Times.

In this article Nike Wagner talks about heading the Beethoven Festival in Bonn. While she was edged out of a leadership position in Bayreuth, Nike Wagner did not let the proverbial grass of the "Green Hill" grow under her feet. She also headed a Weimar Festival dedicated to the music of her also famous great, great, grandfather - Franz Liszt.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-nike-wagner-beethoven...

Singing is connected to the body

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Posted November 15, 2014

When hitting a high note, mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick says, "You have to have support. You have to have resonance. People have to understand what you're saying."

Another item from Diane Parker, this is a podcast of Dolora Zajick with Terry Gross on Fresh Air from March of this year.