Wagner Society Blogs

It is completely boring to be predictable!

Posted January 5, 2014

You can hear Christian Thielemann in conversation with BBC reporter Tom Service at the following link:


Thielemann discusses what is needed to be an effective conductor. Thielemann describes how every evening in the concert hall or orchestra pit is different, the singer effect and the acoustic effect.

This is a really compelling interview available on demand for a few days.

Der fliegende Holländer lands in Cuba

Posted December 22, 2013

This is the first Wagner performed in Cuba since the Castro Regime gained control of the island nation. The Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatro de La Habana performed under the baton of the young company’s director Eduardo Diaz, with singers from Cuba and beyond. Here are some photos:

Meiner Schmach erlangt' ich da Lohn!

Posted December 19 , 2013

In an article published in British Medical Journal, scientists claim that migraines inspired Wagner's writings. The researchers note that Wagner complained of headaches during the period when Siegfried was composed. The researchers suggest that Wagner poured his own personal pain into the music.

You can read more in this article in the UK publication The Telegraph

Royal Opera House Parsifal - Soon in HD

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Posted December 19, 2013

The Film Distributor Screenvision has announce US distribution of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden production of Parsifal will be screened in HD. This is a taped transmission and not live.

The cast is fabulous:

Parsifal - Simon O'Neill; Kundry - Angela Denoke; Gurnemanz - René Pape; Amfortas - Gerald Finley; Klingsor - Willard White in a Stephen Langridge production is conducted by Antonio Pappano

Local screenings are as follows:

Parsifal - On Demand

Posted December 13, 2013

Starting today you can stream the audio of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Parsifal. This production features a stellar cast led by Wagner Society of Northern California Grant Awardee Simon O'Neill. The stream will be available for five days.

Tristan & Yseult at Berkeley Rep

Posted December 12, 2013

Berkeley Repetory Theater just opened a new play "Tristan & Yseult" produced by the Kneehigh Theater Company. Kneehigh has produced smash hits "The Wild Bride" and "Brief Encounter" with Berkeley Rep and the reviews of Tristan & Yseult have been outstanding. This is the West Coast Premier of Tristan & Yseult, written by Emma Rice and produced by Carl Grose and Anna Maria Murphy.

Cosima 2013 and German Residence Events

Posted December 12, 2013

The photos from the Cosima Party 2013 and the Greer Grimsley Party at the German Residence are now available to view on the WSNC Website.

Navigate on the main tool bar to "Connect" and then click "Photo Gallery" in the drop down menu. The two galleries are at the top of the page.


Special thanks to Mitch Mitchell for taking the photos. Mitch has a knack for finding the best looking people to photograph!

James L. "Jerry" Miller 1927-2013

Posted December 7, 2013

The Society received sad news that Dr. James L. "Jerry" Miller, Ph.D. passed away on December 5, 2013. Jerry Miller was a member of the Wagner Society for many years and also served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. Those who knew Jerry were impressed by his kindness, warmth, generosity and tremendous enthusiasm for Richard Wagner. Miller made several trips to Bayreuth and other cities and countries as well to hear Wagner's works performed.

His family asked that we publish his obituary.

"Tristan‘s Shadow - Sexuality and the Total Work of Art After Wagner “

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Posted Decmber 6, 2013

The Society just received an e-mail from Stanford Assistant Professor of German Studies Dr. Adrian Daub. Professor Daub, who has spoken twice for the Society, will be reading excerpts from his forthcoming book next week.  The reading and a reception will be held Wednesday December 11th at the Goethe Institut at 7:00 p.m..


The Goethe Institut
530 Bush St #204 Art Lounge
San Francisco, California 94108
United States