Wagner Society Blogs

Latvian Wagner Coin Wins International Award

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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".  


Remembering Ramona Wascher


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.

Dame Gywneth Jones - Past and Present

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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.  

Book Review from one who should know

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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.

Nina Stemme's Cautious Path to Stardom

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Posted on November 23, 2014

Interview with Hugh Canning, London Times:

Coming soon to a University near you!

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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.

Valhalla by way of Boston

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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

Free Concert on December 3rd

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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.


St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
3281 16th Street
San Francisco, California 94103
United States

Meese dropped from 2016 Parsifal


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.