Wagner Society Blogs

Tannhauser in Cuba, March 2016

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Posted July 14, 2015

Forwarded by Eiko Kikawada.

Invitation from Karl Russwurm, President RWV Munich with five attachments:

Jon Vickers (1926 - 2015)

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Posted July 12, 2015

The great Wagnerian Jon Vickers died yesterday from Alzheimer's disease. Many feel that Jon Vickers was the greatest interpreter of heroic roles ever to take the stage.

He sang Tristan, Parsifal, Siegmund, Florestan, Peter Grimes, Enee, Otello and countless other roles with distinction. He sang over 200 performances at the Metropolitan Opera House and distinguished himself in opera houses the world over. Below is a link to the New York Times Obituary.

An opera star is born


Posted July 8, 2015

Ariunbaatar Ganbaata, 23 year old baritone from Mongolia, won the First Prize (USD 100,000) in the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition in the Male Voice category.  Watch him sing in the final audition of the competition "Figaro" from The Barber of Seville by Rossini:



WSNC's Venerable Verna featured in Sofia

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From Andy Rombakis who is touring Europe. Andy noted that the Sofia Opera Ring program booklet is featuring photos and an article about WSNC member Verna Parino's Ring travels.

Verna has had to forgo further Ring journeys due to health concerns, but her travels are a source of inspiration for many Wagner travelers.

Two files are attached below.

VIDEO - 2015 Richard Wagner Birthday Party May 23, 2015

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If you could not attend the Richard Wagner Birthday Party May 23, 2015 in Berkeley OR if you did and you want to experience it again, we have a short video of the event available for viewing.

It is in a Drop Box file and you can click this link and view the video. You can by-pass the sign-in message and go directly to the video. There is supposed to be a way to have it on this site, but right now, that is in development.

Ring Down Under - On YouTube

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If you are interested in the Melbourne Ring, extracts from the operas are available on YouTube



Ring Down Under - Again

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Posted June 18, 2015

The Melbourne Opera has announced that it will give additional cycles of its highly praised Der Ring des Nibelungen in Fall 2016.

The cast will include Greer Grimsley as Wotan and the Lise Lindstrom will sing her first complete Brünnhilde. Pietari Inkinen will return to conduct the cycles.

For more information you can visit their site:


The photo is an image from the Melbourne Ring featuring the Rainbow Bridge to Valhallah - Ziegfield Follies style!

A Ring in the shadow of Neuschwanstein

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Posted May 16, 2015

The town of Füssen is in the shadow of King Ludwig's Neuschwanstein castle. Sofia Opera will bring their Ring des Nibelungen production to Füssen September 12, 13, 115 and 17, 2015

You can find out more by going to the Opera Sofia website:


(you may need to click the British Union Jack Flag in the upper right corner of the landing page to get the English version of the webpage)

Wagner Days Budapest 2016

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An offer has come through from an Budapest-based travel agency for a ground package for the Wagner Days in Budapest 2016 (tickets are at your cost). The operas are presented semi-staged in the beautiful new MUPA Performing Arts Center, all operas conducted  by Adam Fischer. This year The Ring and Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg will be presented. Fine Art Tours offers hotel and extensive tours of Budapest and the surrounding areas.

The offer comes from: