Met "Meister" Christmas

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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.


The Metropolitan Opera
Lincoln Center
New York, New York 10023
United States

Wagner Festtage in Leipzig - May 2015

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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


Oper Leipzig
Augustusplatz 12

No Met Lohengrin for Jonas Kaufmann

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:


Tannhäuser at Lyric Opera of Chicago


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.


Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 N. Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60606
United States

Geneva Ring


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.

To Helmet and Back - courtesy of the Merola Program


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.


International Wagner Competition - Coming to Seattle in August

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.

Chicago to launch new Ring Production

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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.


Lyric Opera of Chicago Chicago, Illinois
United States

Wagner versus Verdi

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!


Postlude - Albanian Tannhäuser Videos

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.