Two singers killed in the Germanwings crash after performing Siegfried

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Posted March 27, 2015

Maria Radner (Erda) and Oleg Bryjak (Alberich) sang their last roles with Greer Grimsley (Wanderer) on March 21, 2015 at Gran Teatre del Liceu. Radner's husband and baby were on the same flight.  She was due to make her Bayreuth Festival debut later this year. 

Ib Melchior, son of Lauritz, dies at 97

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Posted March 25, 2015

Ib Melchior presented a terrific talk about his father, for the WSNC about 15 years ago.



Posted March 15, 2015

Written by the  Karl E. H. Seigfried from a presentation he gave recently on  Tannhäuser at the Lyric Opera of Chicago  and the Wagner Society of America.

Dutchman Lecture - San Francisco Public Library

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Posted March 12, 2015

The San Francisco Public Library offers a series of lectures "Opera for the People".  Tuesday March 17th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. they will offer a talk by Larry Oppenheim: "The Flying Dutchman". This talk will be held at the Richmond Branch of the San Francisco Public Library. 


San Francisco Public Library - Richmond Branch
351 9th Avenue
San Francisco, California 94159
United States

Wagner's influence on Antonin Dvorak


Posted March 8, 2015

Dvořák’s interest in Wagner and his music was of deep and lasting nature and was significant for him throughout the whole of his life.  

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Anatomy of and Opera Singer

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Posted March 3, 2015

This item comes from member Hannes Vogel.

Anatomy of an Opera Singer

Thursday April 16, 2015 5:00 p.m.

Berg Hall, Li Ka Shing Center

Stanford University

In honor of World Voice Day, Dr. C. Kwang Sung, Dr. Elizabeth DiRenzo and former San Francisco Adler Fellow Eugene Brancoveanu will explore the physiology of singing and vocal health with a live performance and demonstration. The event is made possible by generous support from "Bing Live".


LKSC - Berg Hall
291 Campus Drive
Stanford, California 94305-5101
United States


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Posted March 1, 2015

This item comes from long-time member Ski Grabowski.

Many devoted Wagnerians believe that some directors should be jailed for offenses against "What Richard Wanted" but in this case, it might come to pass. 

Adler Fellow Julie Adams Wins George London - Kirsten Flagstad Award

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Adler Fellow Julie Adams took top honors in the annual George London Foundation Awards this past week. The competition, held in New York City, presented $71,500 in awards to the leading young vocal artists. From a group of 81 applicants, the competition narrowed to 21 finalists. Of the finalists, 6 received awards of $10,000, 8 received encouragement awards of $1,000 and the balance received honorable mention and $500, 

Wagner's Birthday Party!

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On May 23, 2015, The Society will be exhibiting 47 paintings of the late WSNC member, artist and gallery owner Cal Pedranti. This event will take place at the Firehouse Arts Hangar, a huge space in which we will be able to exhibit these large works. There will be a silent auction of the paintings.


Firehouse Adeline Studios and Art Hangar
3192 Adeline Street
Berkeley, California 94703
United States

Dutchman on Demand

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Posted February 24, 2015

BBC Radio 3 will offer a replay of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Der fliegende Hollander for the next 29 days.

Cast includes: Senta: Adrienne Pieczonka; Dutchman: Egils Silins; Daland: Peter Rose, Eric: Ed Lyon, Mary: Catherine Wyn-Rogers and conducted by Andris Nelsons

Here is the link: