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Pescadero Opera - Ring Course

Posted April 8, 2016

Pescadero Opera is featuring a 6 - week exploration of Wagner's Ring. These all-day courses cover each opera complete with a viewing of the subject opera. Additional courses cover Wagner and his life and times and a concluding program on the great impact of Wagner's work. 

For more information you can visit the website:

Controversy over new Bayreuth Parsifal

Posted April 8, 2016
This item comes from Andy Rombakis. Heightened security in Bayreuth is possible this year due to the new Parsifal production which is not flattering to Islam. The staging features flower maidens apparently ripping Burkas from their bodies. 

David takes on Goliath in New York!

Posted March 28, 2016

Alex Ross' recent New Yorker article lauds the efforts of the smaller "boutique" opera companies in New York.

These small companies reach out and draw in new audiences with provocative productions in intimate settings, sometimes the audience is in the midst of the action.
Sounds like a description of the Bay Area's ground breaking West Edge Opera!

Thank you Gregory Freed for this one.

Who is it?

Posted April 25, 2016

From Board Member Gary Lang:

Here is a fun game for all of you Wagnerites out there.

Identify the character by their line of dialogue:

Annual Fundraiser Concert at the German Residence

The Society is excited to announce its annual fundraiser for the William O. Cord Memorial Grant Fund on April 14th 2016 at 6:00 p.m. 

The event will be held at the beautiful German Residence in San Francisco. Located in Pacific Heights, the German Residence Music Parlor has a sweeping views of the Golden Gate and San Francicso Bay.  .  .  .

DC Ring Cruise on the Potomac - reservations open

Posted February 25, 2016

The Wagner Society of Washington DC has announced that reservations are now being accepted for their Ring Cruise on the Potomac on May 16 5:30 to 9:30. For this event the revelers will board "Nina's Dandy" and rub elbows with members of the Ring cast, hear a special Wagner tuba recital and enjoy fine dining.

Members of North American Wagner Societies will be able to enjoy a discount - select the Member's Price when ordering your tickets.

You can reserve your spot online on the Wagner Society of Washington DC website:

Tristan und Isolde to open Met Opera 2016-2017 Season

The Metropolitan Opera unveiled its 2016-2017 season last week. The season opens with Tristan und Isolde in a new production by Mariusz Trelenski and featuring Stuart Skelton (Adler Fellow 1996, 1997) as Tristan and Nina Stemme in the role of Isolde. Simon Rattle will conduct. Acclaimed bass baritone Rene Pape will sing King Marke, one of his signature roles.

The HD season will open with Tristan und Isolde on October 8, 2016.

Christian Thielemann on Wagner and Strauss

Posted February 21, 2016

Christian Thielemann, a brilliant and controversial conductor and director of the Bayreuth Festival, discusses the art of conducting, the historical context of 19th and 20th century opera, and the commonalities between Wagner and Strauss.


Wagner Exhibition in New York

Posted Feb 19, 2016

Wagner Exhibition and Programs at the Morgan Library in New York.

The Morgan Library has a beautiful building designed by Lorenzo Piano - also noted for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Thank You Diane Parker for this one!