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.
Posted January 17, 2015
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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.
Posted on January 15, 2015
A hugely entertaining Meistersinger from the Netherlands Opera.
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.
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:
Posted January 7, 2015
The San Francisco Opera today announced its next season, one filled with lots of variety and some old favorites.
Lucia di Lammermoor
Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Carmen (a production by L'enfant terrible director Calixto Bieto)
Die Meistersinger (Greer Grimsley, Brandon Jovanovich, Rachel Willis-Sorensen, Mark Elder, conductor)*
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
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!
Posted December 31, 2014
This obituary for the late Janis Martin appeared in today's Los Angeles Times:
Janis Martin died on December 14th.