Nina Stemme - Wesendonck Lieder on Demand

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Posted April 14, 2014

This one in from Diane Parker, the BBC Radio 3 is offering a play back on-demand of Ms. Stemme's recent concert at London's Wigmore Hall.  It should be good for a few days Here is the link:

BBC Radio 3 - Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert, Wigmore Hall: Nina Stemme, Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder

Merola/Adler Sighting

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Posted April 5, 2014

There was a capacity audience for the WSNC screening of Hilan Warshaw's film "Wagner's Jews" and after the screening Maestro Jonathan Khuner moderated an excellent, lively discussion of the film and it's subject matter.

Bayreuth Bound?


Posted April 4, 2014

BOD Member Andy Rombakis reports Air France is offering Business Class flights from SFO to Frankfurt during the dates 8/15 through 8/30 for a round trip price of $1792. That's a very good price and possibly won't last. Price quoted on April 4 2014.

Thanks Andy!

NPR - April Fools Valkyrie Hoax

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Posted April 2, 2014

In a brilliant hoax, NPR Correspondent Mark Mobley Blogged a hilarious story of the non-existent Rio Grand Opera mounting a marathon Wagner Ring Sing-A-Thon to raise $8 million. It was, of course, an April Fools Day hoax, but it makes for fun reading.

Mobley never heard the motto: "Don't Mess with Texas!"

San Francisco Opera AND Symphony Broadcasts - ON DEMAND

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Posted April 2, 2014

Radio Station KDFC-FM is now providing on-demand streaming of the performances of the San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Symphony!  After the programs initially air KDFC will allow you to stream on-demand as follows:

San Francisco Opera broadcasts will be available for one month after the initial airing. San Francisco Symphony broadcasts will be available for 21 days after the initial broadcast.   Navigate the tool bar to Programming and then click Broadcasts On Demand in the drop down menu


Bayreuth 2014 - there are still tickets !?!


Posted March 26, 2014

The Bayreuth Festival Box Office just posted an announcement that tickets for Festival 2014 are still available for sale through the on-line Box Office! This is rather shocking news.

Move quickly, these tickets are certain to sell quickly? Purchases are limited to 14 tickets, yes, that's fourteen.

Issachah Savage in Concert with Alessandra Marc

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March 26, 2014

Wagner Society of Northern California Grant Winner Issachah Savage will be appearing in concert with the internationally renown soprano Alessandra Marc* in a concert of opera arias and spirituals. Composers represented include:  Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, Burleigh, Previn, Gershwin and more. The concert will take place On Sundary March 30th at 5:00 p.m. in the The Church of the Annunciation in Washington D.C.

The concert is in support of Haitian Relief and there is no charge. Free will donations to support the Relief effort will be solicited


The Church of the Annunciation
3810 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.
United States

Schubertiade in San Francisco

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The Goethe Institut is sponsoring a Schubertiade so that one doesn't have to jet off to Austria. The Goethe Institut presents a “Schubertiade”


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1632 Market Street Suite C
San Francisco, California
United States

30 million Euro to spruce up the haus that Wagner built


Posted March 21, 2014

Renovations on the Bayreuther Festspielhaus have been underway with no end in sight.

Construction was stalled as the Festspiele negotiated a long-term lease on the theater and the right to tenancy. 

The lease clears the way for a release of funds from the German Federal Government and the state of Bavaria to the tune of 30 million Euro.

Work will begin again, however, it will be paused during the Festival.

Met Opera's Gelb Interviewed by the London Times

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Posted March 17, 2014
Forwarded to the Blog by Joan Lam:  Live cinema screenings are saving the New York Metropolitan Opera, but does the big screen mean that good looks matter more than the singing?