Wagner Society Blogs

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

Heavy Metal Thunder - Wagner Style

Posted December 4, 2013

The Finnish Heavy Metal Band Apocalyptica combined forces with the MDR Sinfonieorchester for a concert extravaganza titled "Wagner Reloaded" last May in Leipzig. 

Ludwig II - New Film to be screened in San Francisco


Posted December 3, 2013

Word was received today from the Goethe Institut San Francisco that the centerpiece of upcoming 18th Berlin and Beyond Film Festival will be the recent lavish new film about König Ludwig II. Information about this film was blogged here some time ago.

Forest Bird Says: You Heard it here First!


Posted December 1, 2013

Posted here on June 10th was an item "New Brü on the Block". Don't say WagAdmin didn't warn you!

A 97th Birthday Wish comes true - almost!

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December 1 2013

Venerable Wagnerian Verna ventured (how's that for Wagnerian alliteration?) to Melbourne for the Ring. The opera Siegfried just happened to fall on her 97th birthday.

When queried as to her birthday wish, the wry Verna replied, "A naked man popping out of a CAKE".

Melbourne must have received the memo with a typo. They served up a naked man popping out of a CAVE!

The representation of Fafner in his death throes was indeed a naked man emerging from a caVe.

Plethora of Reviews from Melbourne

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Posted December 1, 2013

Newly elected WSNC Board Member Joan Lam has sent a raft of links to Melbourne Opera Ring Reviews.  And here they are ( Wag Admin thinks this may be just the job for Joan! )