Wagner's 200th Birthday Gala in Dresden

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Posted November 24, 2015

Jonas Kaufmann, Christian Thielemann, and Staatskapelle Dresden at Semperoper - HD video


SFO Die Meistersinger - must see


Posted November 19, 2015

Five more performances: 6 p.m. Nov. 21, Nov. 24, Nov. 27 and Dec 2; 1 p.m. Dec. 6 

Here are three rave reviews:


Flying Dutchman - Live Stream November 24

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Posted November 11, 2015

Thanks to member Ken Caldiera for forwarding this. The Vienna Staatsoper will have a live stream of Der fliegende Holländer on November 24, 2015.

Here is the URL for the stream:  https://sonostream.tv/live/der-fliegende-hollander-2015-11-24

Cosima Birthday Party!

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The invitations will be in the mail on Monday but the registration form and description of the event are already available on the Special Events Page on the Wagner Society website!


Another Meistersinger Talk - SF Public Library

Posted November 10, 2015
German Idol: Wagner’s Song Contests.


SF Public Library - Presidio Branch
3150 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, California
United States

SFO Announces Cast Change for "Die Meistersinger"


Posted October 27, 2015

James Rutherford replaces Greer Grimsley in the role of Hans Sachs.

WNO Ring - Ancillary Event Announced

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For those Wagner Society Members who will be attending the Washington National Opera Ring in 2016, the Wagner Society of Washington D.C. has announced an event which may be of interest. The Rhine Cruise on the Potomac is situated just after Cycle #2 and just prior to Cycle #3.

Wagner Institute Formed in Miami

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As if she wasn't busy enough singing Brünnhilde, Elektra, Turandot and other great dramatic soprano roles, Christine Goerke along with her colleague Kathy Kelly have organized The Miami Wagner Institute, a special summer training program in conjunction with the Miami Music Festival. The first Wagner Institute will be held in 2016.



Frank Gehry, Opera Designer

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Architect Frank Gehry has been engaged to design a new production for the Berlin Staatsoper. The Staatsoper opened its 2015-2016 season with Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Gehry is noted for the Disney Hall in Los Angeles and locally for the Concord Pavillion

Below is a link to the announcement and the pronunciation is really quite something! Thanks to Hannes Vogel for sending along this one!


It Takes One to Know One

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Posted October 12, 2015

From the "It Takes One To KNOW One" Department:

The Berlin Staatsoper presented a new production of Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, scheduled to coincide with the 25th anniversary of German Unification (Tearing down the Berlin Wall). That isn't really the BIG news item though. What made this production extra special was the unusual casting of the Meistersingers themselves with some names from the past:

Olaf Bär (age 58) Hans Foltz

Graham Clark (age 73) Kunz Vogelgesang