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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:

Tristan und Isolde to open Met Opera 2016-2017 Season

The Metropolitan Opera unveiled its 2016-2017 season last week. The season opens with Tristan und Isolde in a new production by Mariusz Trelenski and featuring Stuart Skelton (Adler Fellow 1996, 1997) as Tristan and Nina Stemme in the role of Isolde. Simon Rattle will conduct. Acclaimed bass baritone Rene Pape will sing King Marke, one of his signature roles.

The HD season will open with Tristan und Isolde on October 8, 2016.

Christian Thielemann on Wagner and Strauss

Posted February 21, 2016

Christian Thielemann, a brilliant and controversial conductor and director of the Bayreuth Festival, discusses the art of conducting, the historical context of 19th and 20th century opera, and the commonalities between Wagner and Strauss.


Wagner Exhibition in New York

Posted Feb 19, 2016

Wagner Exhibition and Programs at the Morgan Library in New York.

The Morgan Library has a beautiful building designed by Lorenzo Piano - also noted for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Thank You Diane Parker for this one!

An Apprentice Horn Player in D.C?

Posted February 17, 2016

Here is a cute video by one of the musicians of the Washington Naitonal Opera.

Many WSNC members will attend the WNO Ring des Nibelungen this Spring! Get to know who will be playing the horn.

Rehearsals for the WNO orchestra commence soon.

2016 Massimo Götterdämmerung - full length video and review

Posted February 9, 2016

Video forwarded by Andy Rombakis.

It may be advantegeous to read the review before watching the video.




Cast: Brünnhilde - Irene Theorin, Siegfried - Christian Voigt

Antoine Wagner's new book Kundry

Antoine Wagner has published a book of photographs entitled Kundry. Featured on the cover of the book is a photo of a rocky outcropping. This same rock formation was the inspiration for Patrice Chereau's scenic design in his Bayreuth production of Der Ring des Nibelungen.

February Message from the Green Hill

Posted February 4, 2014

The Society gets occasional letters from the Gesellschaft der Freunde von Bayreuth and members might find the information interesting.

This communication introduces some of the cast for the upcoming new Parsifal production.

below is the PDF


PDF icon Freunde 2-2016.pdf3.98 MB