Wagner Society Blogs
Posted November 28, 2014
There is no award Wagner cannot win. The coin dedicated to Wagner was issued in June 2013 to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth. It commemorates the active Riga period of the composer when he took to writing his first important opera "Rienzi".
Posted November 28, 2014
We received word that Ramona Wascher died at age 97. Ramona was an avid Wagnerian and a member of the Society since its earliest days. In addition to her efforts on behalf of the Wagner Society, Ramona was an usher at the San Francisco Opera for many years.
Ramona's love of music was not limited to Wagner and opera though. She was a member of the San Francisco Symphony Monteaux Society and enjoyed lieder recitals.
Posted on November 27, 2014
Dame Gwyneth's large-scaled, powerful dramatic soprano voice, unusually robust vocal stamina, stage presence and acting abilities were widely admired.
Posted November 24, 2014
One of the Society's illustrious Honorary 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.
Posted on November 23, 2014
Interview with Hugh Canning, London Times:
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.
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
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.
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.
Posted on November 16, 2014
Thanks to Andy Rombakis for sending this link: