Nikolaus Lehnhoff has died


It has been reported that famed director Nikolaus Lehnhoff died Saturday after a long illness at the age of 76.

Lehnhoff began his career in Bayreuth as an assistant Wieland Wagner and Karl Böhm in the 1960's. He made his directoral debut in 1972 in Paris with Strauss' Die Frau Ohne Schatten.

Analysis of the Tristan chord - audio


Posted August 26, 2015

If you have problems with the video transmission, try audio with this link:

Beyond the Score — Wagner: ‘The Tristan Effect’


Posted August 25, 2015

Watch the two hour documentary, an indepth analysis of the Tristan chord, a Chicago Symphony Orchestra Beyond the Score production, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Bayreuth 2015

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Our 2015 WSNC attendee Lisa Hirsh placed this floral offering on the ivy covered grave of Richard Wagner on behalf of the Society.


Many thanks!


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WSNC Members please note:

The meeting previously scheduled for September 12th has been moved to September 19th due to a schedule conflict for our speaker Antoine Wagner.

Wagner is opening an art exhibition in the South of France on September 11th and will not be able to be in the US. He posponed his talk for one week to September 19th.

The Society is grateful to the JCC-SF for being flexible and allowing us to move the program. Please make note in your calendar!



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"My Life with Wagner" by Christian Thielemann - book reviews


Posted August 16, 2015

My Life with Wagner chronicles Thielemann's ardent personal and professional engagement with the composer whose work has shaped his thinking and feeling from early childhood.  Reviews:

New Bayreuth Tristan und Isolde on YouTube

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Posted August 14, 2015

Watch the complete opera in HD quality video with German subtitles on YouTube. But HURRY, it may be taken down soon.

Forwarded by Yoko Arthur