Perfect agony Tristan und Isolde has never sounded better at the ROH


Posted on December 15, 2014

Completely satisfying and fearless: Nina Stemme

From London Times by Hugh Canning, Dec. 14, 2014

Opera stage designer Johan Engels has died

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Posted on December 14, 2014

Acclaimed South African opera stage designer Johan Engels has died at 62 in his adopted home of Bath, England, of an apparent heart attack.

Lyric Opera's Ring - Reinterpreting Wagner?

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Posted on December 14, 2014

With the sad and untimely death of  set designer Johan Engels, the remaining  team behind  Lyric Opera's Ring Cycle soldiers on.

An era ends, a new one begins

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Posted December 10, 2014

In today's issue of the Wall Street Journal Matthew Gurewitsch describes the end of the Speight Jenkins Era at Seattle Opera. The article also gives a somewhat mixed review of the 14-CD boxed set of the 2013 Seattle Ring.

Parsifal - The Will and Redemption

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Posted December 8, 2014

Yes, another book on Wagner, this time Parsifal.

Have you reserved for the Cosima Party?

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Posted Friday December 5th

The Social Committee must report the number of guests on Monday afternoon December 8th. So if you would like to attend, it may be too late for you to mail a check. But you can still reserve on-line on our secure server: 


Phone your order to Uta Wagner (650) 697-3004 and be certain to specify your entree choice.

Latvian Wagner Coin Wins International Award

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Posted November 28, 2014

There is no award Wagner cannot win.  The coin dedicated to Wagner was issued in June 2013 to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth.   It commemorates the active Riga period of the composer when he took to writing his first important opera "Rienzi".

Remembering Ramona Wascher


Posted November 28, 2014

We received word that Ramona Wascher died at age 97. Ramona was an avid Wagnerian and a member of the Society since its earliest days. In addition to her efforts on behalf of the Wagner Society, Ramona was an usher at the San Francisco Opera for many years.

Ramona's love of music was not limited to Wagner and opera though. She was a member of the San Francisco Symphony Monteaux Society and enjoyed lieder recitals.

Dame Gywneth Jones - Past and Present

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Posted on November 27, 2014

Dame Gwyneth's large-scaled, powerful dramatic soprano voice, unusually robust vocal stamina, stage presence and acting abilities were widely admired.  

Book Review from one who should know

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Posted November 24, 2014

One of the Society's illustrious Honorary Members has written a wonderful book review of a two-volume set on Richard Wagner. Dame Gwyneth Jones reviews a comprehensive work, The Wagner Experience by Dr. Paul Dawson-Bowling. The Wagner Experience covers Wagner, Wagnerianism, Wagner opera performances and also Dawson-Bowling's own personal Wagner experiences.

Dr. Dawson-Bowling is a frequent contributor to the Wagner Society publication Leitmotive.