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Yannick Nézet-Séguin to Succeed James Levine at the Met

Posted June 3, 2016

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will not officially take up the Met post until the 2020-21 season because his schedule is booked for several years. In the 2016-17 season, he will conduct "Der Fliegende Hollander" with Michael Volle, Amber Wagner, Jay Hunter Morris, and Dolora Zajick.

Parsifal - Dutch National Opera - December 2016

Posted May 27, 2016

Wagner's overwhelming last opera in Amsterdam with Christopher Ventris in the title role and Petra Lang singing Kundry.

First Hand Report from Dresden on Lohengrin

Posted May 20, 2015

Here is a first hand account of the Dresden role debuts of Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala as Elsa and Lohengrin. The report comes from WSNC Member Michael Foden who is taking in a lot of Wagner in Germany, having just seen the Leipzig Ring among other performances.

Netrebko and Beczala Triumph in Lohengrin

May 20, 2015

The first reports are in on Anna Netrebko's first Elsa and Piotr Beczala's first Lohengrin performed in Dresden under Christian Thielemann. The report comes from the Blog "Slipped Disc" and it is certain that press reports will soon follow. The pair were met with a thunderous 15 minute ovation.

Ms. Netrebko is scheduled to sing Elsa when the Bayreuth Festivals mount a new Lohengrin production in 2017.

Exciting indeed!

WETA offers interesting audio programs about the WNO Ring

Posted May 19, 2016

Below is a link to the website of radio station WETA which offers some interesting programs about the Ring Cycle currently concluding its run in the Nation's Capitol.

Especially interesting is a commentary by German Ambassador to the United States, Hon. Peter Wittig.

Special thanks to German Consul General Stefan Schlüter for pointing this out!

Special Announcement from SFO General Director David Gockley

Posted May 18, 2016

From David Gockley:

I want to share with you news that was just announced to the Company in the last hour. As you will see in the press release, Nicola Luisotti has determined not to renew his music directorship after the 2017–18 season.

A Triumphant Seattle Flying Dutchman

Posted May 10, 2016


"The impassioned singers and clever staging are so consistently engaging that Seattle Opera's performance just speeds by. Director Christopher Alden makes full use of the ingenious set. Inventive lighting designs underscore and clarify the story line with jaw-dropping effects." –The Seattle Times