Issachah Savage in Concert with Alessandra Marc

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March 26, 2014

Wagner Society of Northern California Grant Winner Issachah Savage will be appearing in concert with the internationally renown soprano Alessandra Marc* in a concert of opera arias and spirituals. Composers represented include:  Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, Burleigh, Previn, Gershwin and more. The concert will take place On Sundary March 30th at 5:00 p.m. in the The Church of the Annunciation in Washington D.C.

The concert is in support of Haitian Relief and there is no charge. Free will donations to support the Relief effort will be solicited


The Church of the Annunciation
3810 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.
United States

Schubertiade in San Francisco

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The Goethe Institut is sponsoring a Schubertiade so that one doesn't have to jet off to Austria. The Goethe Institut presents a “Schubertiade”


Salle Piano Salon
1632 Market Street Suite C
San Francisco, California
United States

30 million Euro to spruce up the haus that Wagner built


Posted March 21, 2014

Renovations on the Bayreuther Festspielhaus have been underway with no end in sight.

Construction was stalled as the Festspiele negotiated a long-term lease on the theater and the right to tenancy. 

The lease clears the way for a release of funds from the German Federal Government and the state of Bavaria to the tune of 30 million Euro.

Work will begin again, however, it will be paused during the Festival.

Met Opera's Gelb Interviewed by the London Times

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Posted March 17, 2014
Forwarded to the Blog by Joan Lam:  Live cinema screenings are saving the New York Metropolitan Opera, but does the big screen mean that good looks matter more than the singing?

Siegfried's Lego Journey

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March 17, 2014

This dandy bit of animation comes to us courtesy of The Wagnerian as forwarded by Diane Parker.

It is quite possible that this may be the greatest production of the Ring Cycle ever. Here are the abriged versions of "Siegfried" and "Götterdämmerung"


Nike Wagner Speaks out . . . on Beethoven


Posted March 17, 2014

Nike Wagner, the great Granddaughter of Richard Wagner, became the new director of the Beethoven Festival in Bonn this year. Before that the 68-year old Ms. Wagner spent 10 years heading up the Weimar Art Festival.

On Talking Germany, she tells viewers about her plans for the Beethoven Festival and why Beethoven is a better ambassador for Germany than her own relative - Richard Wagner. Here is the link to the interview:

SF Opera Costume Shop Sale

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On Saturday March 22 and Sunday March 23 the San Francisco Opera Costume Shop is having a sale. For the first time in about 10 years the Costume Shop is selling off amazing costumes, shoes, hats, bags, dresses, leather jerkins, petticoats, feathers, silks, satins, cloth, buttons, jewelry, antiques, thread, ribbon all of the materials and accessories for professional costumes


SF Opera Costume Shop
800 Indiana Street
San Francisco, California
United States

Video Clips of Sofia Bulgaria Ring

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Posted March 7 2014

Here are some clips from each of the four Ring operas being presented in Sofia Bulgaria. The production features wild costumes, many projected images and repeated inventive imagery of the ring motif throughout the operas.

These clips were forwarded by Board Member Andy Rombakis.

Semper Oper receives long awaited cleaning

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March 7, 2014

In the first rennovation since reopening in 1989, the interior of Dresden's Semperoper is being cleaned and restored. Wear, tear, humidity and dust can deteriorate the delicate stucco and gilt work inside the famed opera house. Cleaning isn't just desireable, it is necessary in order to preserve the ornate interior.

There is not estimate available for the cost, but it is presumed to be approximately 1 million Euro.

The Myth of the Horned Helmet


Posted March 5, 2014

This one is courtesy of member Thomas Arthur. 

Did the Vikings wear horned helmets or not? It seems that the ancient Norse people used horns for noise making and for strong drink. But horns might add weight and be cumbersome if used in head gear. So it is believed that they did not wear horned helm into battle and only donned them for ceremonial occasions.

The article, the museum exhibit and the documentary hope to disspell other myths and legends.