Posted January 6, 2014
The Seattle Opera has just announced that there will be a special concert celebrating the career of the outgoing General Director Speight Jenkins. This Farewell Gala will take place, on August 9, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Marion Oliver McCaw Theater. Seattle Opera has gathered together a group of great singers who will present a musical tribute to Jenkins. Excerpts from various operas will range from Bizet to Wagner.
Posted January 5, 2014
You can hear Christian Thielemann in conversation with BBC reporter Tom Service at the following link:
Thielemann discusses what is needed to be an effective conductor. Thielemann describes how every evening in the concert hall or orchestra pit is different, the singer effect and the acoustic effect.
This is a really compelling interview available on demand for a few days.
Posted December 22, 2013
This is the first Wagner performed in Cuba since the Castro Regime gained control of the island nation. The Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatro de La Habana performed under the baton of the young company’s director Eduardo Diaz, with singers from Cuba and beyond. Here are some photos:
Posted December 19 , 2013
In an article published in British Medical Journal, scientists claim that migraines inspired Wagner's writings. The researchers note that Wagner complained of headaches during the period when Siegfried was composed. The researchers suggest that Wagner poured his own personal pain into the music.
You can read more in this article in the UK publication The Telegraph
Posted December 19, 2013
The Film Distributor Screenvision has announce US distribution of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden production of Parsifal will be screened in HD. This is a taped transmission and not live.
The cast is fabulous:
Parsifal - Simon O'Neill; Kundry - Angela Denoke; Gurnemanz - René Pape; Amfortas - Gerald Finley; Klingsor - Willard White in a Stephen Langridge production is conducted by Antonio Pappano
Local screenings are as follows:
Posted December 13, 2013
Starting today you can stream the audio of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Parsifal. This production features a stellar cast led by Wagner Society of Northern California Grant Awardee Simon O'Neill. The stream will be available for five days.
December 12, 2013
Posted December 12, 2013
Berkeley Repetory Theater just opened a new play "Tristan & Yseult" produced by the Kneehigh Theater Company. Kneehigh has produced smash hits "The Wild Bride" and "Brief Encounter" with Berkeley Rep and the reviews of Tristan & Yseult have been outstanding. This is the West Coast Premier of Tristan & Yseult, written by Emma Rice and produced by Carl Grose and Anna Maria Murphy.
Posted December 12, 2013
The photos from the Cosima Party 2013 and the Greer Grimsley Party at the German Residence are now available to view on the WSNC Website.
Navigate on the main tool bar to "Connect" and then click "Photo Gallery" in the drop down menu. The two galleries are at the top of the page.
Special thanks to Mitch Mitchell for taking the photos. Mitch has a knack for finding the best looking people to photograph!
Posted December 7, 2013
The Society received sad news that Dr. James L. "Jerry" Miller, Ph.D. passed away on December 5, 2013. Jerry Miller was a member of the Wagner Society for many years and also served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. Those who knew Jerry were impressed by his kindness, warmth, generosity and tremendous enthusiasm for Richard Wagner. Miller made several trips to Bayreuth and other cities and countries as well to hear Wagner's works performed.
His family asked that we publish his obituary.