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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:

Jon Vickers (1926 - 2015)

Posted July 12, 2015

The great Wagnerian Jon Vickers died yesterday from Alzheimer's disease. Many feel that Jon Vickers was the greatest interpreter of heroic roles ever to take the stage.

He sang Tristan, Parsifal, Siegmund, Florestan, Peter Grimes, Enee, Otello and countless other roles with distinction. He sang over 200 performances at the Metropolitan Opera House and distinguished himself in opera houses the world over. Below is a link to the New York Times Obituary.

An opera star is born

Posted July 8, 2015

Ariunbaatar Ganbaata, 23 year old baritone from Mongolia, won the First Prize (USD 100,000) in the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition in the Male Voice category.  Watch him sing in the final audition of the competition "Figaro" from The Barber of Seville by Rossini:


WSNC's Venerable Verna featured in Sofia

From Andy Rombakis who is touring Europe. Andy noted that the Sofia Opera Ring program booklet is featuring photos and an article about WSNC member Verna Parino's Ring travels.

Verna has had to forgo further Ring journeys due to health concerns, but her travels are a source of inspiration for many Wagner travelers.

Two files are attached below.

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