Speight Jenkins Honored

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Posted April 27, 2015

It was announced that Speight Jenkins, much beloved former General Director of Seattle Opera, just received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Opera Awards in London. Jenkins will speak about the award and about his tenure with the Seattle Opera on BBC Radio 3 today at approximately 7:00 a.m. Pacific time. Most BBC3 programs can be played on demand.

Congratulations Speight Jenkins on this richly deserved recognition for the years of wonderful opera and Wagner.


A Very Special Evening of Music!

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The Wagner Society of Northern California is delighted to announce that we have been invited to present a recital and reception at the German Residence of Consul General Schlueter and his wife Ana Luisa de Carvalho-Schlueter. These special Wagner Society events are delightful, however, this year the recital will be especially exciting.
The Society has invited local composer Liam Wade to organize the recital for us and he has gathered a group of superb musicians to perform:

104 Composers at Your Command


Posted April 23, 2015

Select your favorite composer(s) and click:


"The Voice" - NPR Fresh Air

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Posted April 22, 2015

Today on Fresh Air, Terry Gross interviewed Met Opera Chorus Director Donald Palumbo is interviewed about choral singing, singing in general and the challenges in directing the fabulous Met Opera Chorus.


Houston Opera Die Walküre

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The headlines say it all:

HGO's Die Walküre Comes Complete With a Gang-Buster Finale and Powerful Voices

Mythic Warrior Woman Commands the Stage

Goerke has grown even more glamorous, even more sensational

Houston Chronicle:

Das Rheingold - complete performance on You Tube

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Posted April 20, 2015

Sometimes the best opera productions are the ones performed concertante! In this video, Simon Rattle conducts a 2004 performance from Baden Baden filmed for television. Rattle leads the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the ensemble plays on period instruments from the mid-19th Century. The cast is really terrific and includes a riveting performance by the late bass baritone Oleg Bryjak.

Available tickets to Bayreuth

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Posted April 7, 2015

Forwarded from a member of the Wagner Society of New York:

Christian Gerhaher sings Wolfram in Berlin Tannhauser


Posted April 4, 2015

Celebrated as a Lied singer, Christian Gerhaher brings to the role a viveting mixture of reserve and emotion.


2016 Leipzig Ring tickets on sale

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Posted April 1, 2015

Forwarded by Yoko Arthur