Wagner Society Blogs

Santa Fe Ring reservations being accepted

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Posted May 14, 2015

That may make your head snap back like a road runner! Santa Fe Ring?

The Wagner Society of Santa Fe is presenting the complete Vienna Ring Cycle conducted by Simon Rattle on June 13, 14, 16 and 18 starting at 11:00 a.m. each day. The Ring operas will be screened on a big movie screen with surround sound. Admission is free but reservations are required.

In addition there will be a prelude to the Ring "Der Ring Leitmotifs" by Joseph Illick on June 6 at 3:30 p.m.

15 European Opera Houses Link Up

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Posted May 13, 2015

More Opera-tunities for viewing and listening on demand.


15 Companies will now be offering streaming on-demand using a new site called Opera Platform. Lots of interesting things to see and hear.

Thanks Steve Hammerschlag for catching this one and sharing!

Opera Houses - is your favorite here?

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Posted May 12, 2015

Sent by member Steve Hammerschlag, from the Wall Street Jouranl a photo essay of some of the world's most beautiful opera houses. The difference is the perspective. We opera goers see the theater from the audience perspective. In these photos the view is from the stage into the auditorium.


Tthe photo in this blog post is of the seats in the Festspeilhaus.

Issachah Savage making his debut at Seattle Opera

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Posted May 12, 2015

Winner of the WSNC grant and 2014 Seattle International Wagner Competition Issachah Savage sings Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos.


Music of Remembrance at Martin Meyer Auditorium

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Music of Remembrance is a Seattle Group which commissions musical works which commemorate the Holocaust. This group will present two world premieres on Monday May18th at the Martin Meyer Auditorium at Temple Emanu-El in San Francico. This event is sponsored by The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany.


Martin Meyer Auditorium
2 Lake Street
San Francisco, California
United States

Alex Ross Weighs in on Wagner Singing

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Posted May 11, 2015

Feel free to wade past Pagliacci and Cavalleria reviews and get to the last 7 paragraphs which deals with the state of singing in the US.

Glowing reviews for two great American singers: Eric Owens and Christine Goerke!


Those of us who were fortunate to see the Houston Walkuere were quite blown away by Ms. Goerke's interpretation of this role.

The photo is from the Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Elektra.

Wagner Works in Hamburg

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Posted May 10, 2015

Opening the Hamburg Triennial Photography Exhibition are the works of Antoine Wagner. The exhibit entitled Exile will feature will be lightboxes and video created by Antoine Wagner, landscapes of the areas in Switzerland where his great great grandfather lived in exile. Also featured will be photographs of living musicians who are currently living in exile in Germany. In addition there will be large scale analog prints of vintage photos.


The Trojans are coming!

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Posted May 8, 2015

Many organizations are offering educational programs in anticipation of the San Francisco Opera's first ever production of Les Troyens.

The Wagner Society's program on June 13 is included among the offerings listed on the SF Opera website. Check it out!

Götterdämmerung at Home

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Posted May 8, 2015

This item comes from member Ken Caldeira:

The Vienna State Opera will stream Götterdämmerung live on Sunday June 7 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time

Simon Rattle Dirigent; Sven-Eric Bechtoff, Regie; Rolf Glittenberg, Bühne;Siegfried, Stephen Gould; Brünnhilde, Evelyn Herlitzius; Falk Struckmann, Hagen; Boaz Daniel, Gunther; Caroline Wenborne, Gutrune

This site also has a video clip of the production:


More information here:

Save the date for Wagner's 202nd Birthday Celebration

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Posted May 3, 2015

You and your friends are invited to the party on May 23, 2015, 12:00 - 4:00 pm, at Firehouse Art Collective in Berkeley, conveniently located across the street from Ashby BART Station.  There will be a silent auction of Wagner paintings and live entertainment by the Awesome Orchestra.  For details: