Wagner Society Blogs

Last run for Neuenfels' Lohengrin in Bayreuth

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Posted July 29, 2015

Controversial in 2010, Neuenfels' Lohengrin has become one of the great Bayreuth productions in the company of Chereau's Ring.  It will retire after this summer.  Klaus Florian Vogt, who has been singing the title role since 2011, will be singing Parsifal in 2016.

Voice of the Metropolitan Opera Margaret Juntwait

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Posted July 28, 2015

The golden voice of Margart Juntwait that was so familiar to opera lovers listening to the Met broadcasts for the last decade will be missed.  Here are two articles on how she started her on-air career at the New York City radio station WQXR and then at the Met.  She once described her role as presenting music in a way that was "friendly, engaging and decidedly unstuffy."

WSNC Member Tribute to Margaret Juntwait


Posted July 28, 2015

WSNC member John P. Wagner made the acquaintance of MET Opera Host Margaret Juntwait some time ago. John has blogged his thoughts on Ms. Juntwait who died recently. You can John's blog post here:



Greece Plans New Cultural Center and Ring Cycle

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Posted July 27, 2015
Good News/Bad News comes from WSNC Member Andy Rombakis:
The bad news: Greece is in the middle of a horrible financial crisis.
The good news: this is not stopping them from building a multimillion-Euro cultural center and fantastic new opera house (so typically Greek, but it looks like it is coming from private funds donated by the Niarchos family.)

Haus Wahnfried opens today

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Posted July 26, 2015

Wagner's newly restored house, now a museum, is now open to visitors.  He, Cosima, and his dog Russ were buried in the garden behind.  The Siegfried Wagner House is next door.


2016 Bayreuth Festspiele Casting is Announced

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Posted July 25, 2015

Advance planning is part of any opera company's agenda. So here is the 2016 cast listing for next years Festspiele.

There are still some openings, notably Isolde and also Kundry for the new production by Uwe Eric Laufenberg with setsby  Gisbert Jaekel and costumes by Jessica Karge. Andris Nelsons will conduct the new Parsifal production starring Klaus Florian Vogt.. Rumors are flying fast and furiously as severa; well known sopranos are flying in and out of Bayreuth at the moment.

NN = no one is under contract yet.

Waltraud bids Adieu to Isolde

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Posted July 26, 2015

Here is a link to a New York Times story on Waltraud Meier's last Isolde, which she sang in Munich on July 12th. Isolde is one of Meier's signature roles and she has sung it beside some truly wonderful Tristans.


Polite Applause Greets New Bayreuth Tristan und Isolde

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Posted July 25, 2015

Thank you to Stefan Lazer who sent some still photos from the new production of Tristan und Isolde which opened the 2015 Bayreuther Festspiele.

The cast featured Evelyn Herlitzius as Isolde; Stephen Gould as Tristan; Crista Mayer as Brangane; Iain Paterson as Kurvenal and Georg Zeppenfeld as Konig Marke; Christian Thielemann led the Orchestra.

2015 Bayreuth Festival reboardcast schedule/cast/stream links

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Posted July 24, 2015

Reboardcast of opening night performances will begin with Tristan und Isolde on Saturday, July 25, 2015, 9:30 am EDT, followed by:  Lohengrin, Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, Siegfried, Der Fliegende Hollander, and Gotterdammerung.