Wagner Society Blogs

Marina Harris wins the Dorothea-Glatt-Förderpreis

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These are the results of the International Wagner Vocal Competition held in Karlsruhe Germany, 3 October 2015
6 finalists, 3 winners - all women and all non-Germans! Left: Kirstin Sharpin (New Zealand) won the Hauptpreis der Oscar und Vera Ritter-Stiftung. Center: Marina Harris (USA) won the Dorothea-Glatt-Förderpreis. Right: Kathleen Parker (Australia) won the Wolfgang-Wagner-Preis & the Publikumpreis.

Marina Harris is in the black dress. Marina's entry into the competition was sponsored by the Wagner Society of Northern California.

Met Tannhauser reviews


Posted October 9, 2015

Stellar cast (John Botha, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Michelle DeYoung, Peter Mattei, and Gunther Groissbock) conducted by James Levine.

HD live performance in local cinemas on Sat, Oct 31, 2015, 12:00 pm EST.

Siegfried horn call for chair

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Posted September 26, 2015

A short video forwarded by Andy Rombakis:


Matthew Shilvock - SFO's next General Director


Posted September 22, 2015

Matthew Shilvock,  will assume his new position as the Company's seventh director on August 1, 2016.  Read the press release and view a video of the press conference.

Live classical music in digital age

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Posted September 15, 2015

The Concert Hall as Refuge in a Restless, Web-Driven World, by Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, September 13, 2015:


Wagner Vocal Competition in Germany


Posted September 14, 2015

Marina Harris is the only entrant from the USA who will go to the finals in October. Marina Harris entry into this competition was sponsored by the Wagner Society of Northern California and as many WSNC members may recall, Marina gave a marvelous recital at the German Residence October 14, 2012. Marina Harris was also an Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera.  Watch her singing an aria from Lohengrin and read her profile/bio:

The Ring in Berlin - April 2017


Posted September 6, 2015

For the last time in 2017, Götz Friedrich’s iconic production of the Ring will return to the Deutsche Oper.

Conductor:  Donald Runnicles

Fun Wagner Art

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The Society received a great postcard from Bayreuth with very interesting artwork by the artist Klaus Häring.

Häring sent us a link to his wonderful website which you might enjoy. He is the writer/illustrator for Green Hill Toons - humorous cartoons about Bayreuth. There are postcards, comic books and other items available for sale - to add to your Wagner Collections.

Thanks to WSNC Member Ron Trauner for the postcard and to Herr Häring for the link to his site.

Winners of The 2015 Wagnerians


Posted September 1, 2015

See winners of each of the categories on video:


Remembering Nikolaus Lehnhoff with images of his work

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Posted August 30, 2015

Nikolaus Lehnhoff directed four Wagner operas which can be seen on video:  Tristan und Isolde, Tannhauser, Lohengrin, and Parsifal