Wagner Society Blogs

Who's Running the Show?

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September 23, 2013

It was well publicized that Katharina Wagner has signed a 5 year extension of her contract to head the Bayreuth Festival through 2020. The new managing director Heinz-Dieter Sense has signed on to continue in his position through 2016. Eva Wagner-Pasquier leaves the Festival in 2015.

Everyone's a Critic

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Posted September 23, 2014

The Rubin Institute for Music Criticism, founded at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, will hold it's first symposium November 6-10 in San Francisco. The events take place in numerous locations and several are imbeded in performances being held at the Symphony, Opera, Philharmonia Baroque and Cal Performances.

Ben Heppner Alive and Well Post-Opera Stage

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Posted on September 20, 2014

Ben Heppner:  "I'm really enjoying my time on CBC Radio as host of Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and Backstage with Ben Heppner."  He can be heard every Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm EST, CBC Radio 2, Toronto, Canada:

2015 Ring in Sofia, Bulgaria

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Posted September 19, 2014

A culture tour organizer has contacted the Wagner Society with the offer of a package tour for the Sofia Ring 2015. This ground only tour includes tickets to the Sofia Ring Cycle, hotel and some local guided tours of the region. 

Attached is a brochure for the trip. This is information only, not an endorsement of the tour group operator. For the do-it-yourself culture tourist, this is a pretty good itinerary one could do on their own.

 

Goethe Institut Recital and Talk - Arnold Schönberg's Music

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Posted September 19, 2014

Expressionism and the Turbulence of WWI. The Goethe Institut will present a talk and recital with Axel Ster, assistant professor at the Musikhochschule Lübeck and Mezzo-Soprano Kindra Scharich

Location

Salle Piano Salon
1632 C Market Street
San Francisco, California
United States

Going to Berlin this Christmas?

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Posted on September 19, 2014

Lohengrin and Tristan und Isolde at Deutsche Opera in December 2014

The Met Prepares for Opening Night

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Posted on September 19, 2014

Labor war over, Met's operatic army mobilizes....

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/19/arts/music/the-met-prepares-for-openin...

Christine Goerke Talks About Singing

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Posted on September 15, 2014

The upcoming Met Brunnhilde talks about how she prepares for a new role.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/christine-goerke-wnos-...

A Marathon of Free Concerts

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The San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music is presenting 2 days of FREE music on Saturday September 20th and Sunday September 21st. These concerts take place at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the Concert Hall, the Recital Hall and the Osher Music Salon. Groups include The Bay Brass,  The Lee Trio, the Telegraph Quartet and the Bertamo Trio. The presentations will not be limited to chamber pieces, a wide variety of other genre will be presented.

For more information please visit their website:

http://www.sffcm.org/sfmusic-day/program/

Location

SF Conservatory of Music
50 Oak Street
San Francisco, California 94102
United States

2013 Seattle Ring on iTunes

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Posted on September 9, 2014

Digital downloads are now available for $0.99 per song!  Enjoy the Mastered for iTunes digital download of Seattle Opera's complete recording of Der Ring des Nibelungen.