Wagner Society Blogs

Nach Rom (via Cuba)

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Posted May 22, 2015
The Society has just received information regarding a performance of Tannhäuser to be given in Cuba March 2016. Since the U.S. has lifted the travel ban this might be an ideal opportunity to visit Cuba. Jet Blue has plans for the first U.S. to Cuba flights to begin on June 5th. Cuba even has a Wagner Society!
Here is the notice from the Richard Wagner Society of Munich, which organized travel to Cuba in 2013 for Der fliegende Hollander:

2016 WNO Ring group ticket order

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Posted May 19, 2015

The Washington National Opera is offering Group Sales for the three Ring Cycles (April 30 to  May 22, 2016) to WSNC members (in good standing in both 2015 and 2016).  The benefits are:  1.  To reserve tickets in advance of the general public without having to make full payment at the time of reservation  2.  To receive appropiate accessibility accommodations.

Wesendonck Lieder in San Francisco

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Richard Wagner Wesendonck-Lieder, Gustav Mahler Rückert-Lieder.
An evening of Lieder with Kindra Scharich, mezzo-soprano and The Alexander String Quartet:
Zakarias Grafilo, violin
Frederick Lifsitz, violin
Paul Yarbrough, viola
Sandy Wilson, cello
Arranged for mezzo-soprano and string quartet by Zakarias Grafilo (World Première) 
Sunday, June 14 at 5:00 p.m. doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Reduced Ring this summer in Milwaukee

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Posted May 17, 2015
This item comes from Michael Barna, thanks Michael!
Skylight Music Theatre is creating a new production based on Wagner's Ring Cycle. The work, titled The Skylight Ring, will run today, May 15 through June 7, 2015 in the Skylight Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The show's producer Daniel Brylow reduces the action to four who play over a dozen characters. Brylow still retainig the storyline trims while trimming off more than a few hours.


Skylight Theater
158 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States

Der Ring des Nibelungen - Linz, Germany


Posted May 15, 2015

Message from Eiko Kikawada on location:

Good news for those missed the Linz Ring...They are going to bring it to Wiesbaden starting next year and then three complete cycles in April/May of 2017.  Gerd Grochowski will be Wotan again there as well as the Mime who sang here (also very good), but everone else will be different. One of the Brünnhildes will be Evelyn Herlitzius.

Wanderlust? Reasons to stay home this Summer


There are plenty of "opera-tunities" this summer in the U.S. Some of the musical highlights including some Wagnerian offerings:

San Francisco Symphony Fidelio (concert) June 25, 26, 28 featuring Nina Stemme AND Beethoven Missa Solemnis June 10, 11, 12 & 13

San Francisco Opera Les Troyens, Nozze di Figaro and La Ciociara (world premiere) dates from June 7 to July 5th

American Bach Soloists (San Francisco)  Handel Mass in B Minor Aug 9, 16

Santa Fe Ring reservations being accepted

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Posted May 14, 2015

That may make your head snap back like a road runner! Santa Fe Ring?

The Wagner Society of Santa Fe is presenting the complete Vienna Ring Cycle conducted by Simon Rattle on June 13, 14, 16 and 18 starting at 11:00 a.m. each day. The Ring operas will be screened on a big movie screen with surround sound. Admission is free but reservations are required.

In addition there will be a prelude to the Ring "Der Ring Leitmotifs" by Joseph Illick on June 6 at 3:30 p.m.

15 European Opera Houses Link Up

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Posted May 13, 2015

More Opera-tunities for viewing and listening on demand.


15 Companies will now be offering streaming on-demand using a new site called Opera Platform. Lots of interesting things to see and hear.

Thanks Steve Hammerschlag for catching this one and sharing!

Opera Houses - is your favorite here?

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Posted May 12, 2015

Sent by member Steve Hammerschlag, from the Wall Street Jouranl a photo essay of some of the world's most beautiful opera houses. The difference is the perspective. We opera goers see the theater from the audience perspective. In these photos the view is from the stage into the auditorium.


Tthe photo in this blog post is of the seats in the Festspeilhaus.

Issachah Savage making his debut at Seattle Opera

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Posted May 12, 2015

Winner of the WSNC grant and 2014 Seattle International Wagner Competition Issachah Savage sings Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos.