Wagner Society Blogs

2015 Ring in Sofia, Bulgaria

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Posted September 19, 2014

A culture tour organizer has contacted the Wagner Society with the offer of a package tour for the Sofia Ring 2015. This ground only tour includes tickets to the Sofia Ring Cycle, hotel and some local guided tours of the region. 

Attached is a brochure for the trip. This is information only, not an endorsement of the tour group operator. For the do-it-yourself culture tourist, this is a pretty good itinerary one could do on their own.


Goethe Institut Recital and Talk - Arnold Schönberg's Music

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Posted September 19, 2014

Expressionism and the Turbulence of WWI. The Goethe Institut will present a talk and recital with Axel Ster, assistant professor at the Musikhochschule Lübeck and Mezzo-Soprano Kindra Scharich


Salle Piano Salon
1632 C Market Street
San Francisco, California
United States

Going to Berlin this Christmas?

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Posted on September 19, 2014

Lohengrin and Tristan und Isolde at Deutsche Opera in December 2014

The Met Prepares for Opening Night

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Posted on September 19, 2014

Labor war over, Met's operatic army mobilizes....


Christine Goerke Talks About Singing

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Posted on September 15, 2014

The upcoming Met Brunnhilde talks about how she prepares for a new role.


A Marathon of Free Concerts

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The San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music is presenting 2 days of FREE music on Saturday September 20th and Sunday September 21st. These concerts take place at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the Concert Hall, the Recital Hall and the Osher Music Salon. Groups include The Bay Brass,  The Lee Trio, the Telegraph Quartet and the Bertamo Trio. The presentations will not be limited to chamber pieces, a wide variety of other genre will be presented.

For more information please visit their website:



SF Conservatory of Music
50 Oak Street
San Francisco, California 94102
United States

2013 Seattle Ring on iTunes


Posted on September 9, 2014

Digital downloads are now available for $0.99 per song!  Enjoy the Mastered for iTunes digital download of Seattle Opera's complete recording of Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Why did they do it THAT Way?


ECCO Yosemite is now enrolling for next season's Opera at Oakhurst Presentation. Professor Simon Williams will lead a 4-day presentation devoted to studying and discussing opera production. There were rave reports from several WSNC members who attended the ECCO 2014 session on French Opera. The ECCO center is located just 12 miles from the entrance to Yosemite National Park and sits at an elevation of 3,000 feet.

The 2015 dates are Friday April 17 (program kicks off with lunch) through Monday April 20th (program ends with lunch) For a brochure you can visit the ECCO website


Evergreen Conference Center
43803 Highway 41
Oakhurst, California 93644
United States

Wagner Bio Movie (1955) on Youtube


Posted on September 7, 2014

The greatly fictionalized film made extensive use of Wagner's actual music arranged by Erich Wolfgang Korngold who also appears as Hans Richter.  It was a box office failure.  The entire movie can be viewed on youtube until the DVD is released.

Listen to the SFO Flying Dutchman On-Demand

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Posted on September 7, 2014

The WFMT Radio Network presents the SFO Flying Dutchman with Greer Grimsley (Honorary Member of WSNC) and Lise Lindstrom.