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Polite Applause Greets New Bayreuth Tristan und Isolde

Posted July 25, 2015

Thank you to Stefan Lazer who sent some still photos from the new production of Tristan und Isolde which opened the 2015 Bayreuther Festspiele.

The cast featured Evelyn Herlitzius as Isolde; Stephen Gould as Tristan; Crista Mayer as Brangane; Iain Paterson as Kurvenal and Georg Zeppenfeld as Konig Marke; Christian Thielemann led the Orchestra.

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2015 Bayreuth Festival reboardcast schedule/cast/stream links

Posted July 24, 2015

Reboardcast of opening night performances will begin with Tristan und Isolde on Saturday, July 25, 2015, 9:30 am EDT, followed by:  Lohengrin, Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, Siegfried, Der Fliegende Hollander, and Gotterdammerung.

Verna Parino (1916 - 2015)

Dear Wagner Society Members
It is with profound sadness that I must inform the Society that our greatly beloved member, Verna Parino, died peacefully in her Mill Valley home on Monday July 20th. It is hard to think about the Wagner Society without many wonderful memories of Verna, who was one of the founding members of the Wagner Society of Northern California and who served as its President for many years. Verna had also been a member of the predecessor organization Wagner International Institute. 

DB construction closes Nuremberg-Bayreuth train connection

Deutsche Bahn has decided to close the line between Bayreuth and Pegnitz from August 1 for 6 weeks. REGIONAL BUS SERVICE WILL BRIDGE THIS GAP IN TRAIN SERVICE.

Tannhaeuser in the Barrio

Posted July 21, 2015

Apotheosis Opera (New York City) will be performing Tannhaeuser in English in two performances July 31 and August 2. These concerts will be held at El Museo del Barrio at 5th Avenue at 104th Street in New York City. Ticket prices range from $45 to $15

The cast features young, up and coming singers and Apotheosis aims to bring fresh energy into the vibrant New York opera scene with these performances.

For more information visit their beautiful website:


El Museo del Barrio
1230 5th Avenue
10029 New York , New York
United States
New York US

Met Opera All-Wagner Concert in Carnegie Hall

Posted July 21, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra will play an all-Wagner Concert in May 2016 featuring two of today's greatest Wagnerians. Soprano Christine Goerke and tenor Johan Botha join James Levine for this concert May 26, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. Goerke and Botha will sing selections from Der Ring des Nibelung.

Those individuals who plan to attend the Washington National Opera Ring in Washington DC could easily take the train to New York to take in this extraordinary Wagnerian event.

Richard Wagner Museum to re-open July 25th

Posted July 21, 2015

The Richard Wagner Museum which is housed in Haus Wahnfried is scheduled to open on July 26th. The opening ceremonies will include choral selections from Tannhauser, Lohengrin and Meistersinger. 

The Museum has been closed for much-needed renovations in particular, reconstruciton of the foundations and measures to prevent basement flooding. All of the exhibitions previously housed in the museum will be reinterpreted and many new artifacts will be available for viewing.

First prize winners of 2015 Operalia

Posted July 20, 2015

Dramatic soprano from Norway won First Prize singing "Dich teure Halle" from Tannhauser.  In November, she makes her Bayerische Staatsoper debut as Ortlinde in Die Walkure.

Tannhauser in Cuba, March 2016

Posted July 14, 2015

Forwarded by Eiko Kikawada.

Invitation from Karl Russwurm, President RWV Munich with five attachments: