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

Marina Harris wins the Dorothea-Glatt-Förderpreis

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These are the results of the International Wagner Vocal Competition held in Karlsruhe Germany, 3 October 2015
6 finalists, 3 winners - all women and all non-Germans! Left: Kirstin Sharpin (New Zealand) won the Hauptpreis der Oscar und Vera Ritter-Stiftung. Center: Marina Harris (USA) won the Dorothea-Glatt-Förderpreis. Right: Kathleen Parker (Australia) won the Wolfgang-Wagner-Preis & the Publikumpreis.

Marina Harris is in the black dress. Marina's entry into the competition was sponsored by the Wagner Society of Northern California.

Met Tannhauser reviews


Posted October 9, 2015

Stellar cast (John Botha, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Michelle DeYoung, Peter Mattei, and Gunther Groissbock) conducted by James Levine.

HD live performance in local cinemas on Sat, Oct 31, 2015, 12:00 pm EST.

Siegfried horn call for chair

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Posted September 26, 2015

A short video forwarded by Andy Rombakis:


Matthew Shilvock - SFO's next General Director


Posted September 22, 2015

Matthew Shilvock,  will assume his new position as the Company's seventh director on August 1, 2016.  Read the press release and view a video of the press conference.

Live classical music in digital age

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Posted September 15, 2015

The Concert Hall as Refuge in a Restless, Web-Driven World, by Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, September 13, 2015:


Wagner Vocal Competition in Germany


Posted September 14, 2015

Marina Harris is the only entrant from the USA who will go to the finals in October. Marina Harris entry into this competition was sponsored by the Wagner Society of Northern California and as many WSNC members may recall, Marina gave a marvelous recital at the German Residence October 14, 2012. Marina Harris was also an Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera.  Watch her singing an aria from Lohengrin and read her profile/bio:

The Ring in Berlin - April 2017


Posted September 6, 2015

For the last time in 2017, Götz Friedrich’s iconic production of the Ring will return to the Deutsche Oper.

Conductor:  Donald Runnicles