Richard Wagner Verband Dessau Congress - Good News

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Posted May 26, 2015

The Wagner Society of Northern California has long been a member of the Richard Wagner Verband International in a passive role. In order for the Society to participate and vote on the policies of the Verband, it is required to send a delegate to each annual Congress. Many of the delegates and even members of the Executive Committee of the Verband have been working toward changing the constitution of the Verband to permit proxy voting. After a long and difficult battle, the Verband has adopted a procedure for proxy voting.

Nelsons, Opolais and Kaufmann - in concert on PBS

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Posted May 26, 2015

PBS - GREAT PERFORMANCES - Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons’ Inaugural Concert – Featuring acclaimed Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais and the internationally renowned German tenor Jonas Kaufmann singing selections from the Wagnerian and Italian verismo repertoires, then joining forces for a powerful duet from Puccini’s Manon Lescaut.

Nach Rom (via Cuba)

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Posted May 22, 2015
 
The Society has just received information regarding a performance of Tannhäuser to be given in Cuba March 2016. Since the U.S. has lifted the travel ban this might be an ideal opportunity to visit Cuba. Jet Blue has plans for the first U.S. to Cuba flights to begin on June 5th. Cuba even has a Wagner Society!
 
Here is the notice from the Richard Wagner Society of Munich, which organized travel to Cuba in 2013 for Der fliegende Hollander:
 

2016 WNO Ring group ticket order

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Posted May 19, 2015

The Washington National Opera is offering Group Sales for the three Ring Cycles (April 30 to  May 22, 2016) to WSNC members (in good standing in both 2015 and 2016).  The benefits are:  1.  To reserve tickets in advance of the general public without having to make full payment at the time of reservation  2.  To receive appropiate accessibility accommodations.

Wesendonck Lieder in San Francisco

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Richard Wagner Wesendonck-Lieder, Gustav Mahler Rückert-Lieder.
An evening of Lieder with Kindra Scharich, mezzo-soprano and The Alexander String Quartet:
Zakarias Grafilo, violin
Frederick Lifsitz, violin
Paul Yarbrough, viola
Sandy Wilson, cello
 
Arranged for mezzo-soprano and string quartet by Zakarias Grafilo (World Première) 
 
Sunday, June 14 at 5:00 p.m. doors open at 4:30 p.m.
 

Reduced Ring this summer in Milwaukee

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Posted May 17, 2015
 
This item comes from Michael Barna, thanks Michael!
 
Skylight Music Theatre is creating a new production based on Wagner's Ring Cycle. The work, titled The Skylight Ring, will run today, May 15 through June 7, 2015 in the Skylight Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
 
The show's producer Daniel Brylow reduces the action to four who play over a dozen characters. Brylow still retainig the storyline trims while trimming off more than a few hours.

Location

Skylight Theater
158 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States

Der Ring des Nibelungen - Linz, Germany

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Posted May 15, 2015

Message from Eiko Kikawada on location:

Good news for those missed the Linz Ring...They are going to bring it to Wiesbaden starting next year and then three complete cycles in April/May of 2017.  Gerd Grochowski will be Wotan again there as well as the Mime who sang here (also very good), but everone else will be different. One of the Brünnhildes will be Evelyn Herlitzius.

Wanderlust? Reasons to stay home this Summer

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There are plenty of "opera-tunities" this summer in the U.S. Some of the musical highlights including some Wagnerian offerings:

San Francisco Symphony Fidelio (concert) June 25, 26, 28 featuring Nina Stemme AND Beethoven Missa Solemnis June 10, 11, 12 & 13

San Francisco Opera Les Troyens, Nozze di Figaro and La Ciociara (world premiere) dates from June 7 to July 5th

American Bach Soloists (San Francisco)  Handel Mass in B Minor Aug 9, 16

Santa Fe Ring reservations being accepted

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Posted May 14, 2015

That may make your head snap back like a road runner! Santa Fe Ring?

The Wagner Society of Santa Fe is presenting the complete Vienna Ring Cycle conducted by Simon Rattle on June 13, 14, 16 and 18 starting at 11:00 a.m. each day. The Ring operas will be screened on a big movie screen with surround sound. Admission is free but reservations are required.

In addition there will be a prelude to the Ring "Der Ring Leitmotifs" by Joseph Illick on June 6 at 3:30 p.m.

15 European Opera Houses Link Up

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Posted May 13, 2015

More Opera-tunities for viewing and listening on demand.

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/08/15-european-opera-houses-to...

15 Companies will now be offering streaming on-demand using a new site called Opera Platform. Lots of interesting things to see and hear.

Thanks Steve Hammerschlag for catching this one and sharing!