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In Memoriam - Theo Adam (1926 - 2019)

Posted January 13, 2019

Forwarded by Eiko Kikawada

Theo Adam, German Wagnerian bass-baritone, dies at 92 on January 10, 2019 in Dresden.

Lohengrin in New Mexico

Posted January 7, 2019

Opera Southwest will be performing three performances of Lohengrin in a recently reconstructed version of the 1850 Weimar production which was performed under the baton of Franz Liszt. The performances will be held on March 31, April 5 and April 7 in the National Hispanic Cultural Center Theater in Albuquerque, NM. The production will be fully staged with English supertitles.

Ticket prices range from $15 to $89


Opera North Ring available on demand

Posted January 4, 2018

Thanks to Andy Rombakis for this tip. The complete Opera North (Leeds, UK) Ring of the Nibelungen is available for viewing on demand. This presentation was a concert presentation with projected videos.

New Ring in Kassel, Germany

Posted January 2, 2019

Staatstheater Kassel is in the process of rolling out a new Ring production by Markus Dietz. Das Rheingold was completed in September 2018. Die Walküre premieres March 9, 2019 followed by Siegfried September 14, 2019 and Götterdämmerung March 7, 2020. Complete Ring Cycles will be mounted in May through June 2021. Kassel is a charming city noted for its parks and palaces and Documenta - a massive city-wide exhibition of contemporary art held in Kassel every 5 years.

A Letter From Bayreuth

Posted January 1, 2019

Here is a nice YouTube video piece about Frances Martin, a singer who shared her perspective on singing for the first time in Bayreuth.

Frances Martin December 15, 1926 - November 21, 2018

Jonas Kaufman video

Posted January 1, 2019


Happy New Year to all and best wishes for a new year which brings forth peace and music for all! To start the year, this is a documentary forwarded  by member Roy Curry. 

This also serves as an opportunity to remind all that you can forward such items to the Society and we will do our level best to have Wagner-realted items posted to our Blog and to our Facebook page. On a special note, we now have over 500 Facebook followers - no that doesn't make us pop culture icons, but it is a number which exceeds our total membership.

Mini-Ring in Washington State

In May 2019 Pacific Northwest Opera in Mt. Vernon, WA will be presenting 4 performances of a modified Ring in One Evening. Mt. Vernon is North of Seattle, WA. Performances will take place in the beautiful McIntyre Hall. This adaptation of the Ring was presented by Berkeley Opera twice and also by the Minnesota Concert Opera and were all conducted  by Jonathan Khuner. Khuner takes the helm of this production as well.

Staatsoper Live - Otello on Sunday Dec 2nd

Not Wagner, BUT: Munich's new production of Otello will be streamed "live" on Sunday.  It will be available with no titles, German titles and English titles.  Also, it will be available for 24 hrs. Video On Demand  the next day with the same 3 title options.  The cast includes Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros and Gerald Findley.  Check out the trailer at the link below.  I looks VERY good.

2018 Adler Fellows Concert features Wagner and Strauss

The Final Concert for the 2018 Adler Fellows will be held at Herbst Theatre on Saturday December 8th at 7:30 p.m.

The concert is packed with interesting scenes which will be directed by Adler Fellow Aria Umezawa (also a member of the WSNC!)

Featured in the concert are selections from Wagner's Parsifal and Tristan und Isolde and a rarely performed aria from Strauss' Die Agyptische Helena

Tickets available at (415) 864-3330 and

Overture Un Giorno di Regno (Verdi)