Posted October 7, 2013
It was announced today that Patrice Chereau died at the age of 68 from lung cancer. Chereau broke new ground with his Bayreuth Ring production in 1978.
Alex Ross states: ""In his best work, everything was charged and nothing was forced: even the smallest gestures and the most marginal characters contributed to the unfolding of the drama," Chereau famously and infamously changed the setting of Wagner's epic from Nordic forests to a modern-day power plant, with it future Ring stagings were transformed.
Posted October 4, 2013
The wonderful people from Wagner and More in Seattle will be coming to San Francisco for Flying Dutchman. Wagner and More has extended an invitation to members of the Wagner Society of Northern California - those who are interested are invited to a brunch on October 26th or a dinner on October 27th.
Make your reservations DIRECTLY WITH WAGNER AND MORE. The Wagner Society of Northern California is NOT organizing these events.
Posted October 3, 2013
Yes, this is not really "news". Alex Ross was in Bayreuth for the 2013 Festspiele and his impressions are contained in the August 26 issue of the New Yorker. Ross' comment says it all regarding the Jubilee Ring production designed by Frank Castorf: ". . . . a sprawling act of operatic Dadaism that falls between Buñuel and “South Park.”
Here's the link, subscription is not required:
October 3, 2013
Wagadmin apologizes to those of you who were missing the website. Due to a snafu, the domain renewal notice was not received. Rather than communicating that grim news and sending a "Leb' Wohl", the provider simply shut the site down. Trying to sort things out was a bit like the famous Gordian Knot.
That said, things are back up and running.
Stay tuned, this weekend www.wagnersf.org will reveal the details of the November 5th Special Event, although there is a slight hint contained within this Blog post.
Posted October 3, 2013
WSNC Member Terry Quinn has been collecting Wagner tidbits for years and now his collected bits and pieces of Wagner info has been published in a delightful new book. Released by Amadeus Press, a publisher known for books on the arts and music, Richard Wagner, The Lighter Side is packed full of beautiful color photos and illustrations detailing Wagner's life and work.
Posted September 22, 2013
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music will hold a special Master Class with super-star Wagnerian bass-baritone Greer Grimsley on Monday, November 11, 7:30 p.m., in the Conservatory Concert Hall. The Master Class is free, however, attendees are required to register in advance to attend.
Phone the Conservatory Box Office to register (415) 503-6275
Here is a video podcast of Greer from San Diego Opera when he was performing the role of John the Baptist in Salome.
Posted September 21, 2013
Thanks to WSNC Member Carl Engineer for these two interesting articles from the UK via The Guardian and also the Financial Times. Noted British actor Simon Callow is performing a 100 minute theater work "Inside Wagner's Head".
Here's a new take on the Ring, courtesy of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Posted August 30, 2013
This is a very original interpretation of the Tannhäuser Pilgerchor on unusual instruments in front of a backdrop of scenes from Bayreuth.
It is unclear if these were included in the early drafts of the score for Tannhäuser.
And the instruments are: beer bottle, kazoo, computer melodyne and vuvuzela.
Posted August 26, 2013
Houston Grand Opera is presenting it's first ever Ring production. This will be the individual operas of the Ring, sadly it will not be presented in a festival setting of all 4 operas. However, each of the operas has it's own great aspects and here is an opportunity to order early, get great seats and save a little Rheingold in the bargain. Houston will be presenting the La Fura Dels Baus production originally from Valencia Spain.
Houston Grand Opera