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The Ring in Berlin - April 2017

Posted September 6, 2015

For the last time in 2017, Götz Friedrich’s iconic production of the Ring will return to the Deutsche Oper.

Conductor:  Donald Runnicles

Cast: Samuel Youn and Thomas Johannes Mayer (Wotan), Daniela Sindram (Fricka), Evelyn Herlitzius and Ricarda Merbeth (Brünnhilde), Brandon Jovanovich (Siegmund), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Sieglind), Tobias Kehrer (Hunding), Stefan Vinke (Siegfried), Burkhard Ulrich (Mime), Albert Pesendorfer (Hagen)  



Fun Wagner Art

The Society received a great postcard from Bayreuth with very interesting artwork by the artist Klaus Häring.

Häring sent us a link to his wonderful website which you might enjoy. He is the writer/illustrator for Green Hill Toons - humorous cartoons about Bayreuth. There are postcards, comic books and other items available for sale - to add to your Wagner Collections.

Thanks to WSNC Member Ron Trauner for the postcard and to Herr Häring for the link to his site.

Remembering Nikolaus Lehnhoff with images of his work

Posted August 30, 2015

Nikolaus Lehnhoff directed four Wagner operas which can be seen on video:  Tristan und Isolde, Tannhauser, Lohengrin, and Parsifal

Bayreuth 2020 Ring Announced - another American Brünnhilde!

Posted August 28, 2015

2018 Christian Thielemann will conduct "Lohengrin". An amount of Roberto Alagna in the title role and Anna Netrebko as Elsa. Directed by Alvis Hermanis. Set: artist Neo Rauch

2019 Tannhäuser new director, the scheduled Tobias scratches.

2020 is again "Ring" a year. Andris Nelsons will conduct, Christine Goerke is Brünnhilde, Andreas Schager of Siegfried. As for the director, one hears rumors of negotiations with Dmitri Tcherniakov.

here is the full article

Nikolaus Lehnhoff has died

It has been reported that famed director Nikolaus Lehnhoff died Saturday after a long illness at the age of 76.

Lehnhoff began his career in Bayreuth as an assistant Wieland Wagner and Karl Böhm in the 1960's. He made his directoral debut in 1972 in Paris with Strauss' Die Frau Ohne Schatten.

Analysis of the Tristan chord - audio

Posted August 26, 2015

If you have problems with the video transmission, try audio with this link:

1.  Analysis of the Tristan chord (2 hours) 
2.  Prelude of Act I (12 minutes)
3.  Entire Act II (1 hour 15 minutes) 

Beyond the Score — Wagner: ‘The Tristan Effect’

Posted August 25, 2015

Watch the two hour documentary, an indepth analysis of the Tristan chord, a Chicago Symphony Orchestra Beyond the Score production, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Bayreuth 2015

Our 2015 WSNC attendee Lisa Hirsh placed this floral offering on the ivy covered grave of Richard Wagner on behalf of the Society.


Many thanks!