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Bayreuth 2020 Ring Announced - another American Brünnhilde!

Posted August 28, 2015

2018 Christian Thielemann will conduct "Lohengrin". An amount of Roberto Alagna in the title role and Anna Netrebko as Elsa. Directed by Alvis Hermanis. Set: artist Neo Rauch

2019 Tannhäuser new director, the scheduled Tobias scratches.

2020 is again "Ring" a year. Andris Nelsons will conduct, Christine Goerke is Brünnhilde, Andreas Schager of Siegfried. As for the director, one hears rumors of negotiations with Dmitri Tcherniakov.

here is the full article

Nikolaus Lehnhoff has died

It has been reported that famed director Nikolaus Lehnhoff died Saturday after a long illness at the age of 76.

Lehnhoff began his career in Bayreuth as an assistant Wieland Wagner and Karl Böhm in the 1960's. He made his directoral debut in 1972 in Paris with Strauss' Die Frau Ohne Schatten.

Analysis of the Tristan chord - audio

Posted August 26, 2015

If you have problems with the video transmission, try audio with this link:

1.  Analysis of the Tristan chord (2 hours) 
2.  Prelude of Act I (12 minutes)
3.  Entire Act II (1 hour 15 minutes) 

Beyond the Score — Wagner: ‘The Tristan Effect’

Posted August 25, 2015

Watch the two hour documentary, an indepth analysis of the Tristan chord, a Chicago Symphony Orchestra Beyond the Score production, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Bayreuth 2015

Our 2015 WSNC attendee Lisa Hirsh placed this floral offering on the ivy covered grave of Richard Wagner on behalf of the Society.


Many thanks!


WSNC Members please note:

The meeting previously scheduled for September 12th has been moved to September 19th due to a schedule conflict for our speaker Antoine Wagner.

Wagner is opening an art exhibition in the South of France on September 11th and will not be able to be in the US. He posponed his talk for one week to September 19th.

The Society is grateful to the JCC-SF for being flexible and allowing us to move the program. Please make note in your calendar!



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"My Life with Wagner" by Christian Thielemann - book reviews

Posted August 16, 2015

My Life with Wagner chronicles Thielemann's ardent personal and professional engagement with the composer whose work has shaped his thinking and feeling from early childhood.  Reviews:

New Bayreuth Tristan und Isolde on YouTube

Posted August 14, 2015

Watch the complete opera in HD quality video with German subtitles on YouTube. But HURRY, it may be taken down soon.

Forwarded by Yoko Arthur

New Voice of the Met - Mary Jo Heath

Posted August 13, 2015

Mary Jo Heath's official tenure as the "voice of the Met" commences with the company's first Sirius XM broadcast of the season on September 21 with the Met's opening night performance of Verdi's Otello