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A Triumphant Seattle Flying Dutchman

Posted May 10, 2016


"The impassioned singers and clever staging are so consistently engaging that Seattle Opera's performance just speeds by. Director Christopher Alden makes full use of the ingenious set. Inventive lighting designs underscore and clarify the story line with jaw-dropping effects." –The Seattle Times

Kathleen Battle returning to the Met after 22 Years

Posted April 15, 2016

Kathleen Battle made her Met debut in 1977 as the Shepherd in Wagner’s Tannhäuser and went on to sing 224 performances of 14 roles with the company.

Pescadero Opera - Ring Course

Posted April 8, 2016

Pescadero Opera is featuring a 6 - week exploration of Wagner's Ring. These all-day courses cover each opera complete with a viewing of the subject opera. Additional courses cover Wagner and his life and times and a concluding program on the great impact of Wagner's work. 

For more information you can visit the website:

Controversy over new Bayreuth Parsifal

Posted April 8, 2016
This item comes from Andy Rombakis. Heightened security in Bayreuth is possible this year due to the new Parsifal production which is not flattering to Islam. The staging features flower maidens apparently ripping Burkas from their bodies. 

David takes on Goliath in New York!

Posted March 28, 2016

Alex Ross' recent New Yorker article lauds the efforts of the smaller "boutique" opera companies in New York.

These small companies reach out and draw in new audiences with provocative productions in intimate settings, sometimes the audience is in the midst of the action.
Sounds like a description of the Bay Area's ground breaking West Edge Opera!

Thank you Gregory Freed for this one.

Who is it?

Posted April 25, 2016

From Board Member Gary Lang:

Here is a fun game for all of you Wagnerites out there.

Identify the character by their line of dialogue:

Annual Fundraiser Concert at the German Residence

The Society is excited to announce its annual fundraiser for the William O. Cord Memorial Grant Fund on April 14th 2016 at 6:00 p.m. 

The event will be held at the beautiful German Residence in San Francisco. Located in Pacific Heights, the German Residence Music Parlor has a sweeping views of the Golden Gate and San Francicso Bay.  .  .  .

DC Ring Cruise on the Potomac - reservations open

Posted February 25, 2016

The Wagner Society of Washington DC has announced that reservations are now being accepted for their Ring Cruise on the Potomac on May 16 5:30 to 9:30. For this event the revelers will board "Nina's Dandy" and rub elbows with members of the Ring cast, hear a special Wagner tuba recital and enjoy fine dining.

Members of North American Wagner Societies will be able to enjoy a discount - select the Member's Price when ordering your tickets.

You can reserve your spot online on the Wagner Society of Washington DC website: