Wagner Society Blogs

Haus Wahnfried opens today

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Posted July 26, 2015

Wagner's newly restored house, now a museum, is now open to visitors.  He, Cosima, and his dog Russ were buried in the garden behind.  The Siegfried Wagner House is next door.


2016 Bayreuth Festspiele Casting is Announced

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Posted July 25, 2015

Advance planning is part of any opera company's agenda. So here is the 2016 cast listing for next years Festspiele.

There are still some openings, notably Isolde and also Kundry for the new production by Uwe Eric Laufenberg with setsby  Gisbert Jaekel and costumes by Jessica Karge. Andris Nelsons will conduct the new Parsifal production starring Klaus Florian Vogt.. Rumors are flying fast and furiously as severa; well known sopranos are flying in and out of Bayreuth at the moment.

NN = no one is under contract yet.

Waltraud bids Adieu to Isolde

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Posted July 26, 2015

Here is a link to a New York Times story on Waltraud Meier's last Isolde, which she sang in Munich on July 12th. Isolde is one of Meier's signature roles and she has sung it beside some truly wonderful Tristans.


Polite Applause Greets New Bayreuth Tristan und Isolde

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Posted July 25, 2015

Thank you to Stefan Lazer who sent some still photos from the new production of Tristan und Isolde which opened the 2015 Bayreuther Festspiele.

The cast featured Evelyn Herlitzius as Isolde; Stephen Gould as Tristan; Crista Mayer as Brangane; Iain Paterson as Kurvenal and Georg Zeppenfeld as Konig Marke; Christian Thielemann led the Orchestra.

2015 Bayreuth Festival reboardcast schedule/cast/stream links

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Posted July 24, 2015

Reboardcast of opening night performances will begin with Tristan und Isolde on Saturday, July 25, 2015, 9:30 am EDT, followed by:  Lohengrin, Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, Siegfried, Der Fliegende Hollander, and Gotterdammerung.


Verna Parino (1916 - 2015)

Verna Parino and Mark Delavan
Dear Wagner Society Members
It is with profound sadness that I must inform the Society that our greatly beloved member, Verna Parino, died peacefully in her Mill Valley home on Monday July 20th. It is hard to think about the Wagner Society without many wonderful memories of Verna, who was one of the founding members of the Wagner Society of Northern California and who served as its President for many years. Verna had also been a member of the predecessor organization Wagner International Institute. 

DB construction closes Nuremberg-Bayreuth train connection

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Deutsche Bahn has decided to close the line between Bayreuth and Pegnitz from August 1 for 6 weeks. REGIONAL BUS SERVICE WILL BRIDGE THIS GAP IN TRAIN SERVICE.

Tannhaeuser in the Barrio


Posted July 21, 2015

Apotheosis Opera (New York City) will be performing Tannhaeuser in English in two performances July 31 and August 2. These concerts will be held at El Museo del Barrio at 5th Avenue at 104th Street in New York City. Ticket prices range from $45 to $15

The cast features young, up and coming singers and Apotheosis aims to bring fresh energy into the vibrant New York opera scene with these performances.

For more information visit their beautiful website:


El Museo's website is:


El Museo del Barrio
1230 5th Avenue
New York, New York 10029
United States

Met Opera All-Wagner Concert in Carnegie Hall

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Posted July 21, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra will play an all-Wagner Concert in May 2016 featuring two of today's greatest Wagnerians. Soprano Christine Goerke and tenor Johan Botha join James Levine for this concert May 26, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. Goerke and Botha will sing selections from Der Ring des Nibelung.

Those individuals who plan to attend the Washington National Opera Ring in Washington DC could easily take the train to New York to take in this extraordinary Wagnerian event.