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Birgit Nilsson - A League of Her Own

Posted February 10, 2019

On Saturday March 23rd, 2019 The Wagner Society of Northern California will screen the new documentary film "Birgit Nilsson - A League of Her Own".. This documentary commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nilsson, perhaps the greatest Wagnerian soprano who ever took the stage. The film includes rare footage of Nilsson in opera performances, concerts and on talk shows. The Wagner Society of Northern California thanks the Birgit Nilsson Foundation for the opportunity to present this film.

Met Ring Cycle - March 9 to May 11

Posted February 3, 2019

Great seats have just been released for all three cycles of Wagner’s Ring.  Tickets:

Watch a trailer:

Staatsoper Unter den Linden Festtage 2019

Posted Jauary 23, 2019

The Berlin Staatsoper unter den Linden has announced their Festtage 2019 which includes Die Meistersinger and Betrothal in a Monastery. There are also concerts and recitals rounding out the Festival.

Of note many of the Master Singers are all indeed MASTER SINGERS: Olaf Bär, Siegfried Jerusalem, Franz Mazura, Reiner Goldberg, Graham Clark (among others!) 

Wagner Early Operas on CD

WSNC Board Member Jeff Bart has some news: A new collection of Wagner's three early operas is available on OEHMS Classics. Das Frühwerk features Sebastian Weigle and the Frankfurter Opera and Museumsorchester Choir der Opera Frankfurt. Artists include : Alfred Reiter, Falk Struckmann, Claudia Mahnke, Cristiane Libor, Burkhart Fritz, Brenda Rae

Met Ring - WSNY Ring Forum

Posted January 20, 2019

The Wagner Society of New York will be holding ONE Ring Forum on March 31, 2019 at 12:00 NOON to 5:00 p.m.

Their speakers are Yale Professor Gundula Kreutzer, Musicologist Hannah Chan-Hartley, Columbia Professor Alexander K. Rothe and Professor Emeritus Simon Williams along with a Met Artist Panel.

Attached is a PDF of a flyer about their Ring Forum with an enrollment form. Be advised that it is LEGAL size document.

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In Memoriam - Theo Adam (1926 - 2019)

Posted January 13, 2019

Forwarded by Eiko Kikawada

Theo Adam, German Wagnerian bass-baritone, dies at 92 on January 10, 2019 in Dresden.

Lohengrin in New Mexico

Posted January 7, 2019

Opera Southwest will be performing three performances of Lohengrin in a recently reconstructed version of the 1850 Weimar production which was performed under the baton of Franz Liszt. The performances will be held on March 31, April 5 and April 7 in the National Hispanic Cultural Center Theater in Albuquerque, NM. The production will be fully staged with English supertitles.

Ticket prices range from $15 to $89


Opera North Ring available on demand

Posted January 4, 2018

Thanks to Andy Rombakis for this tip. The complete Opera North (Leeds, UK) Ring of the Nibelungen is available for viewing on demand. This presentation was a concert presentation with projected videos.

New Ring in Kassel, Germany

Posted January 2, 2019

Staatstheater Kassel is in the process of rolling out a new Ring production by Markus Dietz. Das Rheingold was completed in September 2018. Die Walküre premieres March 9, 2019 followed by Siegfried September 14, 2019 and Götterdämmerung March 7, 2020. Complete Ring Cycles will be mounted in May through June 2021. Kassel is a charming city noted for its parks and palaces and Documenta - a massive city-wide exhibition of contemporary art held in Kassel every 5 years.