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Voice of the Metropolitan Opera Margaret Juntwait

Posted July 28, 2015

The golden voice of Margart Juntwait that was so familiar to opera lovers listening to the Met broadcasts for the last decade will be missed.  Here are two articles on how she started her on-air career at the New York City radio station WQXR and then at the Met.  She once described her role as presenting music in a way that was "friendly, engaging and decidedly unstuffy."

WSNC Member Tribute to Margaret Juntwait

Posted July 28, 2015

WSNC member John P. Wagner made the acquaintance of MET Opera Host Margaret Juntwait some time ago. John has blogged his thoughts on Ms. Juntwait who died recently. You can John's blog post here:

Greece Plans New Cultural Center and Ring Cycle

Posted July 27, 2015
Good News/Bad News comes from WSNC Member Andy Rombakis:
The bad news: Greece is in the middle of a horrible financial crisis.
The good news: this is not stopping them from building a multimillion-Euro cultural center and fantastic new opera house (so typically Greek, but it looks like it is coming from private funds donated by the Niarchos family.)

Haus Wahnfried opens today

Posted July 26, 2015

Wagner's newly restored house, now a museum, is now open to visitors.  He, Cosima, and his dog Russ were buried in the garden behind.  The Siegfried Wagner House is next door.

2016 Bayreuth Festspiele Casting is Announced

Posted July 25, 2015

Advance planning is part of any opera company's agenda. So here is the 2016 cast listing for next years Festspiele.

There are still some openings, notably Isolde and also Kundry for the new production by Uwe Eric Laufenberg with setsby  Gisbert Jaekel and costumes by Jessica Karge. Andris Nelsons will conduct the new Parsifal production starring Klaus Florian Vogt.. Rumors are flying fast and furiously as severa; well known sopranos are flying in and out of Bayreuth at the moment.

NN = no one is under contract yet.

Waltraud bids Adieu to Isolde

Posted July 26, 2015

Here is a link to a New York Times story on Waltraud Meier's last Isolde, which she sang in Munich on July 12th. Isolde is one of Meier's signature roles and she has sung it beside some truly wonderful Tristans.

Polite Applause Greets New Bayreuth Tristan und Isolde

Posted July 25, 2015

Thank you to Stefan Lazer who sent some still photos from the new production of Tristan und Isolde which opened the 2015 Bayreuther Festspiele.

The cast featured Evelyn Herlitzius as Isolde; Stephen Gould as Tristan; Crista Mayer as Brangane; Iain Paterson as Kurvenal and Georg Zeppenfeld as Konig Marke; Christian Thielemann led the Orchestra.

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2015 Bayreuth Festival reboardcast schedule/cast/stream links

Posted July 24, 2015

Reboardcast of opening night performances will begin with Tristan und Isolde on Saturday, July 25, 2015, 9:30 am EDT, followed by:  Lohengrin, Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, Siegfried, Der Fliegende Hollander, and Gotterdammerung.

Verna Parino (1916 - 2015)

Dear Wagner Society Members
It is with profound sadness that I must inform the Society that our greatly beloved member, Verna Parino, died peacefully in her Mill Valley home on Monday July 20th. It is hard to think about the Wagner Society without many wonderful memories of Verna, who was one of the founding members of the Wagner Society of Northern California and who served as its President for many years. Verna had also been a member of the predecessor organization Wagner International Institute.