Wagner Society Blogs

Semper Oper receives long awaited cleaning

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March 7, 2014

In the first rennovation since reopening in 1989, the interior of Dresden's Semperoper is being cleaned and restored. Wear, tear, humidity and dust can deteriorate the delicate stucco and gilt work inside the famed opera house. Cleaning isn't just desireable, it is necessary in order to preserve the ornate interior.

There is not estimate available for the cost, but it is presumed to be approximately 1 million Euro.


The Myth of the Horned Helmet


Posted March 5, 2014

This one is courtesy of member Thomas Arthur. 

Did the Vikings wear horned helmets or not? It seems that the ancient Norse people used horns for noise making and for strong drink. But horns might add weight and be cumbersome if used in head gear. So it is believed that they did not wear horned helm into battle and only donned them for ceremonial occasions.


The article, the museum exhibit and the documentary hope to disspell other myths and legends.

Richard Wagner Exhibit in Vienna

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Euphoria and Unease, Jewish Vienna and Richard Wagner, is the title of an exhibit at the Jüdisches Museum Wein.


Jüdisches Museum Wein Vienna

Eva Wagner-Pasquier to Retire in 2015

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Posted February 21, 2013

Eva Wagner-Pasquier, great granddaughter of Richard Wagner, will not renew her contract with the Bayreuth Festival next year. Wagner-Pasquier, who will be 70 next year, will step down as co-director of the Festival but will remain an advisor.

Eva Wagner-Pasquier did not give any reason for her decision.


Sexuality in 19th Century Opera

Posted Feburary 20, 2014

That grabbed your attention! The seminar is entitled "Carmen and the Consequences" but this is no ordinary weekend seminar/retreat. Opera at Oakhurst seminars are led Professor Simon Williams and WSNC members rave about these annual opera events.


4308 Highway 41
Oakhurst, California 93644
United States

Schwabacher Recital and Post-Recital Meet-up

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Posted February 20, 2014

This type of event wouldn't usually wind up on the WSNC Blog, but there are Wagner tie-ins*! 

Jacqueline Piccolino (soprano), Zanda Švede (mezzo-soprano), A.J. Glueckert (tenor), Rhys Lloyd Talbot (bass-baritone), Mark Morash (piano) and Noah Lindquist (piano)

Sunday, February 23rd, at 5 pm

Temple Emanu-El's Martin Meyer Sanctuary
2 Lake Street (at Arguello) in San Francisco


Temple Emanu-El
2 Lake Street
San Francisco, California
United States

Wagner Family Pot Boiler on German TV


Posted February 20, 2014

Sex, intrigue, power and a family in crisis - The Wagner Clan

If you can receive German TV - you could watch a new film by Oliver Berban which will air on Sunday February 23rd on German television station ZDF. If you don't have satellite TV access to Germany - you can watch the trailer for the film and other related videos and interviews through the link below.

The videos are all in German.

Nibelung Hoard Found?

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Posted February 20, 2014

A hobby archeologist in the German region of Rhineland Palatinate has discovered a cache of silver and gold artifacts dating to Roman times. The items are estimated to have a value of over 1 million Euro.

Some speculate that the treasure may be the Nibelungen hoard cast into the Rhine.


Ruelzheim Rheinland Palatinate

Met "Meister" Christmas

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Posted February 14, 2014

Merry Christmas from the Met - Die Meistersinger returns to the Met stage in December 2014. This will be a revival of the much beloved Otto Schenk – Günther Schneider-Siemssen production and James Levine will conduct a wonderful cast: Annette Dasch, Eva; Karen Cargill, Lena; Johan Botha, Walther; Paul Appleby, David; Johan Reuter, Hans Sachs; Johannes Martin Kränzle, Beckmesser; Hans Peter König, Pogner and Peter Rose, Kothner.

Dates all in December are 2, 6, 9, 13, 17, 20 and 23.


The Metropolitan Opera
Lincoln Center
New York, New York 10023
United States

Wagner Festtage in Leipzig - May 2015

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Posted February 12, 2014

Oper Leipzig just released its 2014-15 Season, something not likely to be on WSNC member's radar.

However on closer inspection, deeper reading into the lengthy on-line 100+ page brochure, one finds on page 41 a notice of a Wagner Festtage in May 2015:

May 22 Parsifal

May 23 Das Liebesverbot

May 24 Siegfried - the 3rd installment of the Oper Leipzing Ring

May 25  Ballet - Ein Liebestraum

May 28 Das Rheingold

May 29 Die Walküre

May 30 Siegfried


Oper Leipzig
Augustusplatz 12