Wagner Society Blogs

Anatomy of and Opera Singer

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Posted March 3, 2015

This item comes from member Hannes Vogel.

Anatomy of an Opera Singer

Thursday April 16, 2015 5:00 p.m.

Berg Hall, Li Ka Shing Center

Stanford University

In honor of World Voice Day, Dr. C. Kwang Sung, Dr. Elizabeth DiRenzo and former San Francisco Adler Fellow Eugene Brancoveanu will explore the physiology of singing and vocal health with a live performance and demonstration. The event is made possible by generous support from "Bing Live".


LKSC - Berg Hall
291 Campus Drive
Stanford, California 94305-5101
United States


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Posted March 1, 2015

This item comes from long-time member Ski Grabowski.

Many devoted Wagnerians believe that some directors should be jailed for offenses against "What Richard Wanted" but in this case, it might come to pass. 

Adler Fellow Julie Adams Wins George London - Kirsten Flagstad Award

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Adler Fellow Julie Adams took top honors in the annual George London Foundation Awards this past week. The competition, held in New York City, presented $71,500 in awards to the leading young vocal artists. From a group of 81 applicants, the competition narrowed to 21 finalists. Of the finalists, 6 received awards of $10,000, 8 received encouragement awards of $1,000 and the balance received honorable mention and $500, 

Wagner's Birthday Party!

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On May 23, 2015, The Society will be exhibiting 47 paintings of the late WSNC member, artist and gallery owner Cal Pedranti. This event will take place at the Firehouse Arts Hangar, a huge space in which we will be able to exhibit these large works. There will be a silent auction of the paintings.


Firehouse Adeline Studios and Art Hangar
3192 Adeline Street
Berkeley, California 94703
United States

Dutchman on Demand

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Posted February 24, 2015

BBC Radio 3 will offer a replay of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Der fliegende Hollander for the next 29 days.

Cast includes: Senta: Adrienne Pieczonka; Dutchman: Egils Silins; Daland: Peter Rose, Eric: Ed Lyon, Mary: Catherine Wyn-Rogers and conducted by Andris Nelsons

Here is the link:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/b05302mv

Debbie on Demand


Posted February 18, 2015

For those who were unable to attend  Kip Cranna's very compelling interview with Debbie Voigt, the JCC-SF will broacast the interview on demand, See their website for more information.


The interview will also be broadcast on one of the local NPR affiliates (details forthcoming) and the audio will be available as a podcast.


San Francisco Opera Shop Clearance Sale


Posted February 16, 2015

Due to the closure of the Indiana Street storage location because it is soon to be razed. Many props from San Francisco Opera past productions are being sold to th ehighest bidder. You can bid online for many props including some from the Lehnhoff Ring! There are Walkuere shields and a frog on a stick.

This is the site where the photos of the props and a place to put your bid:





Debuts at COC: Christine Goerke and Issachah Savage

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Posted February 10, 2015

Highs and Lows in COC Die Walkure:


Issachah Savage's upcoming Met debut in Ernani:  


WSNC Grant Winner sings first Siegmund!

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Posted February 6 2015

A Walsungen message:

More Praise for the "New" Brünnhilde

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Posted January 4, 2015

The normally staid Anthony Tomassini heaps praise and exhausts superlatives in his review of Christine Goerke's first staged Brünnhilde in Toronto at the Canadian Opera Company's revival of Die Walküre.

Read for yourself:


Well done Ms. Goerke!