Wagner Society Blogs

Message from Bayreuth

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Posted January 29, 2015

As a member of the Gesellschaft der Freunde von Bayreuth, the Wagner Society of Northern California receives periodic messages about Bayreuth, Haus Wahnfried and the Bayreuth Festival.

A new Brünnhilde takes flight!

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Posted January 27, 2015

Canadian Broadcasting on-demand offers a great interview with the Canadian Opera Company (Toronto) Brünnhilde: Christine Goerke.

Ms. Goerke has more Brünnhilde performances coming in future seasons: Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera.

You can listen to the interview: http://www.cbc.ca/q/blog/2015/01/27/christine-goerke/

Want to go to Bayreuth this year?

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There is another way!

There is another way to obtain tickets for the Bayreuth Festival:

On 1 February 2015 at 2 pm (German Time Zone) the instant online sale of festival tickets will begin and the remaining tickets for the 2015 performances will be available for sale.

Bayreuther Festspiele GmbH Ticket Office    https://ticketshop.bayreuther-festspiele.de/enFestspielhügel 1-2

Rapidly rising Brunnhilde Christine Goerke

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Posted on January 24, 2015

Goerke has been acclaimed worldwide for her opulent voice and her regal command of the Strauss, Verdi and Wagner repertoire. She has won the prestigious Richard Tucker Award for exceptional artistic promise and continues to astonish audiences with her outstanding vocal and dramatic artistry. Her basic approach to singing is marvelously anchored by an ample voice that has grown measurably in the past years, making her one of the most exciting dramatic sopranos of our time.

Double Dutch

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Posted on January 24, 2015

We have a set of musical bookends as it were. Der fliegende Holländer in the very far West and eastern U.S.

In the far, far West, Hawaii Opera Theater will give 3 performances of Holländer on February 13, 15 and 17. With some terrific singers well known to San Franciscans: Former Adler Fellow Melody Moore, Jay Hunter Morris and rising star Ryan McKinney, this production will be conducted byJohn Keenan. Here is the link to their website:

New Swedish Bill honouring Birgit Nilsson

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Posted on January 23, 2015

Forwarded by Eiko Kikawada: 

Seattle Opera's Wotan Greer Grimsley sings Scarpia

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Posted on January 21, 2015

The Seattle Opera audience cheered Grimsley's above-and-beyond death scene.  

Grimsley's comments:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BgWxb2Nnj0&feature=youtube_gdata

Chicago Tannhäuser - Discount Offer

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Posted January 20, 2015
 
A Journey to Rome via Chicago just got cheaper! And the Chicago Ring roll-out schedule is now available.
 

New Photo Gallery from the Jess Thomas Presentation

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Posted January 20, 2015

Take a look at the photos taken by Jess Thomas Jr.'s partner Anayancy Rubio at our January 10th meeting.

This was a memorable program about an incomparable Wagnerian - Jess Thomas the great heldentenor.  It was a near capacity crowd of Wagner enthusiasts who heard very touching stories the Thomas brothers told about their father's illustrious career. This is a program which will not soon be forgotten.

http://www.wagnersf.org/category/image-galleries/jess-thomas-program-jan...