Wagner Society Blogs

Wiener Staatsoper Live Stream - CORRECTION

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Posted May 29, 2015

Viewing the Wiener Staatsoper Live Stream transmission is NOT FREE as posted on May 27, 2015, purchased tickets required.

To TEST the Live Stream at home is free.  Apology for the error and confusion.



Wiener Staatsoper Ring - live stream in 2 days

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Posted May 27, 2015

In May and June, Sir Simon Rattle conducts Wagner's tetralogy, directed by Sven-Eric Bechtolf at the Vienna State Opera. The second "Ring" cycle (30th, 31st May 4, June 7) will be streamed live on www .staatsoperlive .com FREE. 

Richard Wagner's 202nd Birthday

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Posted May 26, 2015

Many who attended the terrific WSNC Wagner Birthday Party have been kind enough to send some photos of the event. If you have them, please share. Mail to WagnerSocNC@gmail.com    We will post them.

Here's a link to what's come in so far. Thank you to Andy Rombakis, Uta Wagner, Joan Lam and Bunny Laden for your contributions.


Cal Pedranti's Wagner

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Posted May 26, 2015

The WSNC has a new photo gallery containing the art of Cal Pedranti. Check it out!

All were on display at the terrific party held on May 23, 2015 at the Adeline Firehouse Arts Hangar in Berkeley featuring the Awesome Orchestra.

Another photo gallery will go up soon with the photos taken by attendees and eventually there will be a video of highlights of the concert and art exhibition. 


Richard Wagner Verband Dessau Congress - Good News

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Posted May 26, 2015

The Wagner Society of Northern California has long been a member of the Richard Wagner Verband International in a passive role. In order for the Society to participate and vote on the policies of the Verband, it is required to send a delegate to each annual Congress. Many of the delegates and even members of the Executive Committee of the Verband have been working toward changing the constitution of the Verband to permit proxy voting. After a long and difficult battle, the Verband has adopted a procedure for proxy voting.

Nelsons, Opolais and Kaufmann - in concert on PBS

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Posted May 26, 2015

PBS - GREAT PERFORMANCES - Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons’ Inaugural Concert – Featuring acclaimed Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais and the internationally renowned German tenor Jonas Kaufmann singing selections from the Wagnerian and Italian verismo repertoires, then joining forces for a powerful duet from Puccini’s Manon Lescaut.

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