Wagner Society Blogs

Singing is connected to the body


Posted November 15, 2014

When hitting a high note, mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick says, "You have to have support. You have to have resonance. People have to understand what you're saying."

Another item from Diane Parker, this is a podcast of Dolora Zajick with Terry Gross on Fresh Air from March of this year.

Dutchman comes to town

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Posted November 15, 2014

From Diane Parker, a notice about upcoming Royal Opera House Opera in the Cinema Series 

What Do Conductors Do?


Posted November 5, 2014

This one comes from the BBC!

Just in case you wondered about that person jumping up and down, flailing their arms with coat tails flapping.


Washington National Opera presents the Ring in 2016

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Posted on October 28, 2014

WNO Announces Complete Casting for 2016's Ring (three cycles from April 30 - May 22, 2016).




DIY - Prize Song

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Posted October 18, 2014

This one comes from WSNC member Yoko Arthur in Santa Fe. Yoko also formed a "virtual" Wagner Society in the Southwest which you can investigate on their Facebook Page:

Hello!  I hope you will try your hand at writing verse and enter this contest.  And, if writing to already-existing music turns out too difficult, you can be revolutionary, like Wagner was, and ignore conventions and chart a new course in song-writing!  Looking forward to receiving your entry.  

Wagnerian Anecdotes

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Ethan Morden's excellent book, Opera Anecdotes"  has many stories about opera singers. One of the funniest sections is the one on Olive Fremstad, a great Wagnerian who sang the roles of Brünnhilde, Venus, Elsa, Kundry and Isolde at the turn of the 20th Century:

"The daughter of a stern Methodist, Fremstad often looked at the world - and art - from the vantage of fundamentalist "witness." Once she (Fremstad) said, "I consider the whole opera Parsifal to be just an elaborate revival meeting."

It Must Have Been a SLOW Game!

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Posted on October 9, 2014

In this week's New Yorker magazine (see attachment)....

"We're speeding up the game by replacing the seventh inning with the "Ring Cycle."  

SFO General Director David Gockley Announces Plans to Retire at End of 2015-16 Season

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Posted October 5, 2014

SFO General Director David Gockley wraps up a 44-year career as opera impresario.

Cutting-Edge Brooklyn Concert - FREE Live Videocast Oct 3rd, 9:00 PM EST

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Posted on October 2, 2014

Joyce DiDonato sings bel canto rarities to launch her new album Stella di Napoli.