Posted February 14, 2014
Merry Christmas from the Met - Die Meistersinger returns to the Met stage in December 2014. This will be a revival of the much beloved Otto Schenk – Günther Schneider-Siemssen production and James Levine will conduct a wonderful cast: Annette Dasch, Eva; Karen Cargill, Lena; Johan Botha, Walther; Paul Appleby, David; Johan Reuter, Hans Sachs; Johannes Martin Kränzle, Beckmesser; Hans Peter König, Pogner and Peter Rose, Kothner.
Dates all in December are 2, 6, 9, 13, 17, 20 and 23.
Posted February 12, 2014
Oper Leipzig just released its 2014-15 Season, something not likely to be on WSNC member's radar.
However on closer inspection, deeper reading into the lengthy on-line 100+ page brochure, one finds on page 41 a notice of a Wagner Festtage in May 2015:
May 22 Parsifal
May 23 Das Liebesverbot
May 24 Siegfried - the 3rd installment of the Oper Leipzing Ring
May 25 Ballet - Ein Liebestraum
May 28 Das Rheingold
May 29 Die Walküre
May 30 Siegfried
Posted February 10, 2014
In a recent New York Times article, tenor Jonas Kaufmann revealed that future Met seasons will not include Lohengrin, one of his signature roles. Kaufmann, currently in rehearsals for the Met's new production of Werther and was interviewed by Zachary Woolfe
The article does hint at a future season with the revival of the Robert Wilson Lohengrin. Here is the article:
Posted February 9, 2014
The Lyric Opera of Chicago announced its 2014-2015 season and included will be "Tannhäuser".
The cast includes: Johan Botha as Tannhäuser, Amber Wagner as Elizabeth, Michaela Schuster as Venus; Gerald Finley as Wolfram, John Relyea as the Landgraf; Andrew Davis will conduct. The production is new to Chicago and is directed by Tim Albery, set designs by Michael Levine, and costumes designed by Jon Morrel. Dates are February 9, 14, 18, 22(m), 26 and March 2 and 6.
Posted February 9, 2014
Geneva Ring Tour - Occasionally tour directors contact the WSNC regarding various opportunities for group travel to Wagner operas. This one comes via HAT Tours, a company which has been around for a while.
This is for your information only and is NOT an endorsement of the tour company. Should you book, let HAT Tours know that you heard about the offer through the Wagner Society of Northern California.
Posted February 6, 2014 TO HELMET AND BACK Vikings, Opera and Bowling We’ll assume it’s been a while since you went bowling with some Vikings and an opera star, at least a couple weeks.
Saturday at the Presidio Bowling Center, Merola Opera is hosting a gratis Wagner-tribute bowling party, offering a cash bar and the distinct sense that life is amazing.
The particulars: Feb 8, 4:30pm, Wagner Bowling at Presidio Bowling Center 93 Moraga Ave (at Montgomery) San Francisco For more info: 415-565-6427
Thank you Diane Parker for this one.
General Director Speight Jenkins announced the singers selected for Seattle Opera's popular International Wagner Competition on August 7, 2014, where emerging artists will go head-to-head American Idol style. The competition is part of a celebratory weekend which also includes a concert and dinner in honor of Speight Jenkins' three decades at the helm of Seattle Opera (and featuring 15 of the company's favorite singers) on August 9.
The Lyric Opera of Chicago announced plans to present a new production of the Der Ring des Nibelungen, beginning in October 2016 with Das Rheingold.
The new production will be conducted by Andrew Davis and the production will be designed by David Pountney. American Wagnerians Christine Goerke and Eric Owens will star as the father-daughter duo Brünnhilde and Wotan.
Complete Ring cycles are scheduled for April 2020.
Posted January 14, 2014
Joan Lam sends a link to yet another enterprising video which settles once and for all, who is the greater composer. Well, maybe!
Posted January 8, 2013
For those Pilgrims who didn't make it to Tirane, Albania, tenor Roy Stevens has forwarded some You Tube video clips from the production of Tannhäuser in the Albanian capital. The Wagner Society provided support for this project with grants from the William O. Cord Memorial Grant Fund.