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In Memoriam - Johan Botha has died at 51

Posted September 15, 2016

Uncommonly versatile Wagnerian tenor Johan Botha died of cancer in Vienna on September 8, 2016.  (Click READ MORE for video below.)


Flying Dutchman sails into Livermore

Coming up next month in Livermore - The Flying Dutchman.

Livermore Valley Opera has assembled a fine cast for this early Wagner work.

Please stay tuned for more information about Wagner Society Day at Livermore Opera on Sunday September 25th, a matinee performance.

Here is a preview from San Francisco Classical Voice from Janos Gereben:

and ticket information:

Meistersinger replaced by Holländer for the Met 2019-20 season

Posted August 14, 2016

On the way from Salzburg to the Met, Stefan Herheim's acclaimed "Meistersinger" is stranded in Milan.

Wagner on the Air

Posted August 4, 2016

August 4 and replay on demand:  Verbier Festival - Ivan Fischer and Nina Stemme in an all Wagner conert!/verbier-festiva-ivan-fischer-nina-stemme

Munich Die Meistersinger Videocast 7/31/2016 Cancelled

Posted July 31, 2016

The Munich "Opera for All" videocast of Die Meistersinger scheduled for today was cancelled to mourn the victims of the Munich School shooting.

Perhaps the videocast of Parsifal on Opening Night was not broardcast as scheduled on July 25, 2016 could be due to a series of terror attacks in Germany the week before.

On Wagner's Green Hill

Posted 30, 2016

Eric Laufenberg Explains the Meaning of His Parsifal

WSNC - Florence Foster Jennings Link?

Not exactly Wagnerian but from a friend of the WSNC

Documentary film maker, Donald Collup, has given two talks for the Wagner Society. One featured his film on the career Astrid Varnay and the other was a feature presentation of Three Bayreuth Divas. Collup created another film entitled Florence Foster Jenkins, A World of Her Own.

2016 Bayreuth Parsifal Radiocast on Demand

Posted July 27, 2016

The radiocast of the 2016 Bayreuth Festival Opening performance of Parsifal is available on demand by clicking the following link:

2016 Bayreuth Parsifal Reviews

Posted July 27, 2016

Reviews from DW (forwarded by Eiko Kikiwada), New York Times, and The Telegraph: