Wagner Society Blogs

Video: Hitler and Wagner


Posted January 9, 2015

This German documentary by Michael Kloft was originally broadcast in 2002. It explores the complex relationship between National Socialism and the work of Richard Wagner, Hitler's favourite composer. It also examines the personal contacts between Hitler and the Wagner family at the time. 

La Scala audience confused Fidelio with Parsifal?

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Posted January 7, 2015

At the premiere, there were no ovations after the overture or arias. Perhaps they confused Fidelio with Parsifal.  Watch the full production:  

San Francisco 2015-2016 Season - Gockley's Final as General Director

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Posted January 7, 2015

The San Francisco Opera today announced its next season, one filled with lots of variety and some old favorites.

Luisa Miller

Lucia di Lammermoor

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Carmen (a production by L'enfant terrible director Calixto Bieto)

Don Carlo

Die Meistersinger (Greer Grimsley, Brandon Jovanovich, Rachel Willis-Sorensen, Mark Elder, conductor)*

Magic Flute

Sweeney Todd


Special Discount for Deborah Voigt Book Event

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Posted January 6, 2015

The JCC-SF has graciously extended a discount to Wagner Society Members who wish to attend the Deborah Voigt interview and book discussion on February 17th.

Order tickets on the JCC-SF website and use the discount code Voigt25 to receive a 25% discount.


You can also phone in your order, be certain to mention this offer - (415) 292-1200



Seattle Opera 2015-2016 Season brings Holländer

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Posted January 3, 2015

Seattle Opera just revealed its 2015-2016 season, the first under the helm of new General Director Aidan Lang. For those who were wondering if Lang would continue to keep the works of Richard Wagner in the repertory, there is good news. Lang has come through for the Wagnerians!

It's the New Year! Don't be Idle, Hear the Idyll

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Posted January 1, 2015
Happy New Year to all on the BLOG. Here is a tidbit from member Ken Caldiera, many will not want to miss:


Le Petit Trianon
72 N. 5th Street
San Jose, California
United States

L.A. Times Obituary for Janis Martin

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Posted December 31, 2014

This obituary for the late Janis Martin appeared in today's Los Angeles Times:

Janis Martin died on December 14th.


Radiocasts on Demand: ROH Tristan und Isolde and Met Die Meistersinger


Posted on December 30, 2014

In case you missed listening to the recent operas from the Met and the ROH, you may catch the replays on demand via BBC Radio 3:

Listen: Tristan und Isolde - December 29, 2014, 11:45 AM EST


Posted on December 27, 2014

Nina Stemme sings Isolde with Stephen Gould at the Royal Opera House.

See review posted on Dec 15: Completely satisfying and fearless: Nina Stemme

Soprano next door, will be "next door"


Posted December 27, 2014

The JCC-SF will be hosting soprano Deborah Voigt in conversation with Kip Cranna on Tuesday February 17th at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now and all who purchase a ticket will receive a copy of Voigt's autobiography "Call Me Debbie". 

This program is presented in cooperation with the San Francisco Opera.

Individual tickets are priced at $45 and premium seating at $55. Paired tickets (one book, two tickets) are available at $70 and premium pair $85.