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Christian Thielemann on Wagner and Strauss

Posted February 21, 2016

Christian Thielemann, a brilliant and controversial conductor and director of the Bayreuth Festival, discusses the art of conducting, the historical context of 19th and 20th century opera, and the commonalities between Wagner and Strauss.


Wagner Exhibition in New York

Posted Feb 19, 2016

Wagner Exhibition and Programs at the Morgan Library in New York.

The Morgan Library has a beautiful building designed by Lorenzo Piano - also noted for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Thank You Diane Parker for this one!

An Apprentice Horn Player in D.C?

Posted February 17, 2016

Here is a cute video by one of the musicians of the Washington Naitonal Opera.

Many WSNC members will attend the WNO Ring des Nibelungen this Spring! Get to know who will be playing the horn.

Rehearsals for the WNO orchestra commence soon.

2016 Massimo Götterdämmerung - full length video and review

Posted February 9, 2016

Video forwarded by Andy Rombakis.

It may be advantegeous to read the review before watching the video.




Cast: Brünnhilde - Irene Theorin, Siegfried - Christian Voigt

Antoine Wagner's new book Kundry

Antoine Wagner has published a book of photographs entitled Kundry. Featured on the cover of the book is a photo of a rocky outcropping. This same rock formation was the inspiration for Patrice Chereau's scenic design in his Bayreuth production of Der Ring des Nibelungen.

February Message from the Green Hill

Posted February 4, 2014

The Society gets occasional letters from the Gesellschaft der Freunde von Bayreuth and members might find the information interesting.

This communication introduces some of the cast for the upcoming new Parsifal production.

below is the PDF


PDF icon Freunde 2-2016.pdf3.98 MB

Twin Cities Ring Begins This Fall

Posted February 1, 2016

Minnesota Opera has announced that they will produce Das Rheingold as part of their 2016-17 Season. Music Director Michael Christie and Director Brian Staufenbiel (someone well known to Bay Area Audiences) are the productions creative team.

Here's a link to their website and cast information:

Bob Tuggle (1933 - 2016)

You might not know this name, but you know his work if you have ever been to the Metropolitan Opera.

Robert "Bob" Tuggle worked in the Archive Department at the Metropolitan Opera for 34 years. If you ever used the Met's on-line archive, admired paintings and portraits or costumes on display,  you have Bob Tuggle to thank.

Norman Lebrecht has written a short memorial on Bob Tuggle.