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Schläfst du, Wagnerian?

Wagnerians HELP! Our good friend Stanford Professor Dr. Adrian Daub is writing a piece for the German newspaper Die Zeit about about falling asleep at Bayreuth. He is collecting fun stories about people dozing off either at Bayreuth OR at any Wagner opera elsewhere.

Memorial Service - Thelma Dry

Long time member Thelma Dry died on January 25, 2016. Thelma was a very active member of the Society since 1990 and also served on the Board of Directors for may years.

On August 2nd 2016, Thelma's ashes will be scattered at sea.  Guests are asked to assemble at Santa Cruz Harbor Dock F at the Stagnaro Whale Watching Boat. The boat will depart at approximately 8:45 a.m. for the 1 1/2 hour round trip to the cement boat off Aptos Beach. This was a favorite spot for Thelma and her late husband John, whose ashes are also scattered there.

Arias - To Cut or Not To Cut

Posted 11, 2016

Could You Shorten That Aria? Opera Weighs Cuts in the Classics

Why can we hear an opera singer over the din of the orchestra?

Posted July 7, 2016

In this very interesting article from Scientific American, no less than a physicist delves into this sonic mystery:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/expert-opera-singer/?wt.mc=SA_...

Thanks to Leopold Eder for this one!

Bayreuth Parsifal baton passed to Hartmut Haenchen

Posted July 5, 2016

The Bayreuth Festival has announced that conductor Hartmut Haenchen has been appointed to conduct the upcoming Parsifal after the withdrawl of Andris Nelsons.

http://www.bayreuther-festspiele.de/fsdb_en/personen/14824/index.htm

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