Wagner Society Blogs
Well, it's not Wagner! However, pianist and San Francisco Conservatory of Music faculty member Dr. William Wellborn has presented a very fine lecture for the Society, concertized at our last Cosima Party and was instrumental in collaborating with the Wagner Society on concerts and events surrounding Richard Wagner's 200th Jubilee.
We're returning the favor and letting you know that Wellborn will give a recital in celebration of his 25th Anniversary of his debut recital at Old First Church.
Posted October 19, 2013
These two tidbits come courtesy of WSNC Member Joan Lam
An interview with the outstanding Stephanie Blythe, with specifics about the Seattle Ring in Part 2 of the interview.
Posted October 18, 2013
Local director Elkanah Pulitzer will step in as Director of Der fliegende Hollander for the San Francisco Opera. For San Francisco Opera Ms. Pulitzer has served as Assistant Director on past productions of Faust, Otello, Cyrano de Bergerac, Carmen, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and The Secret Garden. She served as Director for Carmen for Families in 2010-2011. This is Elkanah Pulitzer's first main-stage assignment as director for San Francisco Opera.
It has been reported that Franco-Romanian director Petrika Ionesco has been relieved of directoral duties for the upcomng San Francisco Opera production of Flying Dutchman.
Posted October 17, 2013
Sent by a Wagnerian friend a recent piece from BBC Music:
Thomas Ades, interviewed in BBC Music magazine (July 2013), was asked what he meant when he characterized Wagner's music as a "fungus."
"Ah, the fungoid Wagner. In a way I realize there's no life without fungus to break down the dead and decaying material and return it to the life cycle, so I feel that Wagner is really performing a wonderfully useful function . . .
Posted October 11, 2013
The San Francisco Opera announced that Lise Lindstrom will sing the role of Senta in the upcoming performances of Der fliegende Hollander. Ms. Lindstrom is replacing Petra Maria Schnitzer who withdrew from the production due to respiratory ailments. This will be Ms. Lindstrom's debut with the San Francisco Opera.
Posted October 7, 2013
In a recent New York Times article, soprano Deborah Voigt spoke with Anthony Tommasini about her short notice withdrawal from the Washington National Opera's production of Tristan und Isolde. Voigt is not including the role of Isolde in her future repetory and she is also dropping the role of Brunnhilde.
What's in Ms. Voigt's future? You can read more
Posted October 7, 2013
It was announced today that Patrice Chereau died at the age of 68 from lung cancer. Chereau broke new ground with his Bayreuth Ring production in 1978.
Alex Ross states: ""In his best work, everything was charged and nothing was forced: even the smallest gestures and the most marginal characters contributed to the unfolding of the drama," Chereau famously and infamously changed the setting of Wagner's epic from Nordic forests to a modern-day power plant, with it future Ring stagings were transformed.
Posted October 4, 2013
The wonderful people from Wagner and More in Seattle will be coming to San Francisco for Flying Dutchman. Wagner and More has extended an invitation to members of the Wagner Society of Northern California - those who are interested are invited to a brunch on October 26th or a dinner on October 27th.
Make your reservations DIRECTLY WITH WAGNER AND MORE. The Wagner Society of Northern California is NOT organizing these events.
Posted October 3, 2013
Yes, this is not really "news". Alex Ross was in Bayreuth for the 2013 Festspiele and his impressions are contained in the August 26 issue of the New Yorker. Ross' comment says it all regarding the Jubilee Ring production designed by Frank Castorf: ". . . . a sprawling act of operatic Dadaism that falls between Buñuel and “South Park.”
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