Wagner Society Blogs

There is a fungus among us?


Posted October 17, 2013

Sent by a Wagnerian friend a recent piece from BBC Music:

Thomas Ades, interviewed in BBC Music magazine (July 2013), was asked what he meant when he characterized Wagner's music as a "fungus."

"Ah, the fungoid Wagner. In a way I realize there's no life without fungus to break down the dead and decaying material and return it to the life cycle, so I feel that Wagner is really performing a wonderfully useful function . . . 

New Senta for San Francisco's Dutchman

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Posted October 11, 2013

The San Francisco Opera announced that Lise Lindstrom will sing the role of Senta in the upcoming performances of Der fliegende Hollander.  Ms. Lindstrom is replacing Petra Maria Schnitzer who withdrew from the production due to respiratory ailments. This will be Ms. Lindstrom's debut with the San Francisco Opera.

Bye, Bye Brunnhilde

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Posted October 7, 2013

In a recent New York Times article, soprano Deborah Voigt spoke with Anthony Tommasini about her short notice withdrawal from the Washington National Opera's production of Tristan und Isolde. Voigt is not including the role of Isolde in her future repetory and she is also dropping the role of Brunnhilde.

What's in Ms. Voigt's future? You can read more


Patrice Chereau


Posted October 7, 2013

It was announced today that Patrice Chereau died at the age of 68 from lung cancer. Chereau broke new ground with his Bayreuth Ring production in 1978.

Alex Ross states: ""In his best work, everything was charged and nothing was forced: even the smallest gestures and the most marginal characters contributed to the unfolding of the drama,"  Chereau famously and infamously changed the setting of Wagner's epic from Nordic forests to a modern-day power plant, with it future Ring stagings were transformed.

Wagner and More - Flying Dutchman Meet-Ups

Posted October 4, 2013

The wonderful people from Wagner and More in Seattle will be coming to San Francisco for Flying Dutchman. Wagner and More has extended an invitation to members of the Wagner Society of Northern California - those who are interested are invited to a brunch on October 26th or a dinner on October 27th.

Make your reservations DIRECTLY WITH WAGNER AND MORE. The Wagner Society of Northern California is NOT organizing these events.

New Yorker Summary of Bayreuth 2013

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Posted October 3, 2013

Yes, this is not really "news".  Alex Ross was in Bayreuth for the 2013 Festspiele and his impressions are contained in the August 26 issue of the New Yorker. Ross' comment says it all regarding the Jubilee Ring production designed by Frank Castorf: ". . . .  a sprawling act of operatic Dadaism that falls between Buñuel and “South Park.”

Here's the link, subscription is not required:



Where is/was the website?

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October 3, 2013

Wagadmin apologizes to those of you who were missing the website. Due to a snafu, the domain renewal notice was not received. Rather than communicating that grim news and sending a "Leb' Wohl", the provider simply shut the site down. Trying to sort things out was a bit like the famous Gordian Knot.

That said, things are back up and running.

Stay tuned, this weekend www.wagnersf.org will reveal the details of the November 5th Special Event, although there is a slight hint contained within this Blog post.

Heavy Wagner Tomes? Here's a Lighter one

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Posted October 3, 2013

WSNC Member Terry Quinn has been collecting Wagner tidbits for years and now his collected bits and pieces of Wagner info has been published in a delightful new book. Released by Amadeus Press, a publisher known for books on the arts and music, Richard Wagner, The Lighter Side is packed full of beautiful color photos and illustrations detailing Wagner's life and work.

Greer Grimsley - Master Class


Posted September 22, 2013

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music will hold a special Master Class with super-star Wagnerian bass-baritone Greer Grimsley on Monday, November 11, 7:30 p.m., in the Conservatory Concert Hall.  The Master Class is free, however, attendees are required to register in advance to attend.

Phone the Conservatory Box Office to register (415) 503-6275

Here is a video podcast of Greer from San Diego Opera when he was performing the role of John the Baptist in Salome.



SF Conservatory of Music
50 Oak Street
San Francisco, California 94102
United States

More interesting takes on Wagner

Posted September 21, 2013

Thanks to WSNC Member Carl Engineer for these two interesting articles from the UK via The Guardian and also the Financial Times. Noted British actor Simon Callow is performing a 100 minute theater work "Inside Wagner's Head".