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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)

Covent Garden Ring - On Demand

Royal Opera House Covent Garden Siegfried is now available for listening on demand the next few weeks at:

In Meinem Himmel

Now Available on Amazon - In meinem Himmel - the Mahler Song Cycles

Transcribed for String Quartet and Mezzo Soprano by Zacharis Grafilo of the Alexander String Quartet.

Unlimited Streaming

$8.99 for MP3 Download

$16.99 for CD - qualifies for Prime

Be prepared to be transported.

The Wagner Society of Northern California is a co-Executive Producer of this CD and two future CD's by these amazing artists.

Meet Director Jasmin Solfaghari !

Saturday February 9, 2019 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

JCC-SF - 3200 California Street - 2nd Floor Gallanter Hall

San Francisco, CA

On Saturday February 9th the Wagner Society will welcome Director Jasmin Solfaghari. In a co-presentation with the Wagner Society of Southern California, Jasmin Solfaghari will talk about her career as an Assistant Director to the luminaries of Wagner Opera and also her career as a Director in her own right.

Unusual Wagner Performance in Berlin

Posted November 11, 2018

If you happen to be in Berlin in late November . . . a concert program which includes Wagner's "Rule Britannia" Overture will be performed by the Berlin Symphony (not the Philharmonic)

November 25th 4:00 p.m.  at the Philharmonie Berlin