New Photo Gallery from the Jess Thomas Presentation

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Posted January 20, 2015

Take a look at the photos taken by Jess Thomas Jr.'s partner Anayancy Rubio at our January 10th meeting.

This was a memorable program about an incomparable Wagnerian - Jess Thomas the great heldentenor.  It was a near capacity crowd of Wagner enthusiasts who heard very touching stories the Thomas brothers told about their father's illustrious career. This is a program which will not soon be forgotten.

Heidi Melton - Oh so talented AND funny!


Posted January 17, 2015

Something from Facebook

A great interview with Leslie Barcza's BLOG. Mr. Barcza lives in Toronto and interviewed Heidi Melton who will sing Sieglinde there in just about a week's time. Barcza posed 10 Questions to Heidi.

Frank and funny, it is a rare treat to hear the real truth about what it is like traveling the world singing on the stages of the great opera houses in North America and Europe.


Video: Netherlands Meistersinger 2013

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Posted on January 15, 2015

A hugely entertaining Meistersinger from the Netherlands Opera.  -  full length video

Video: Hitler and Wagner


Posted January 9, 2015

This German documentary by Michael Kloft was originally broadcast in 2002. It explores the complex relationship between National Socialism and the work of Richard Wagner, Hitler's favourite composer. It also examines the personal contacts between Hitler and the Wagner family at the time. 

La Scala audience confused Fidelio with Parsifal?

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Posted January 7, 2015

At the premiere, there were no ovations after the overture or arias. Perhaps they confused Fidelio with Parsifal.  Watch the full production:  

San Francisco 2015-2016 Season - Gockley's Final as General Director

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Posted January 7, 2015

The San Francisco Opera today announced its next season, one filled with lots of variety and some old favorites.

Luisa Miller

Lucia di Lammermoor

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Carmen (a production by L'enfant terrible director Calixto Bieto)

Don Carlo

Die Meistersinger (Greer Grimsley, Brandon Jovanovich, Rachel Willis-Sorensen, Mark Elder, conductor)*

Magic Flute

Sweeney Todd


Special Discount for Deborah Voigt Book Event

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Posted January 6, 2015

The JCC-SF has graciously extended a discount to Wagner Society Members who wish to attend the Deborah Voigt interview and book discussion on February 17th.

Order tickets on the JCC-SF website and use the discount code Voigt25 to receive a 25% discount.

You can also phone in your order, be certain to mention this offer - (415) 292-1200



Seattle Opera 2015-2016 Season brings Holländer

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Posted January 3, 2015

Seattle Opera just revealed its 2015-2016 season, the first under the helm of new General Director Aidan Lang. For those who were wondering if Lang would continue to keep the works of Richard Wagner in the repertory, there is good news. Lang has come through for the Wagnerians!

It's the New Year! Don't be Idle, Hear the Idyll

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Posted January 1, 2015
Happy New Year to all on the BLOG. Here is a tidbit from member Ken Caldiera, many will not want to miss:


Le Petit Trianon
72 N. 5th Street
San Jose, California
United States

L.A. Times Obituary for Janis Martin

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Posted December 31, 2014

This obituary for the late Janis Martin appeared in today's Los Angeles Times:

Janis Martin died on December 14th.