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Seattle Opera Names a new General Director

Posted March 21, 2019

Christina Scheppelmann will become Seattle Opera’s fourth General Director in the company’s 56-year history. Beginning in August 2019, she replaces Aidan Lang, who will become General Director of Welsh National Opera following the end of the 2018/19 season.

Wagner in Barcelona

Posted March 19, 2019

Lohengrin comes to Barcelona's Liceu in April 2020. In a new production by Katharina Wagner, the production stars Klaus Florian Vogt, Erin Wall, Günter Groissböck and Evelyn Herlitzius and will be conducted by Josep Pons.

The performances are currently being sold only in subscription packages. Below is a link to an group tour which features Lohengrin as part of their package:

Wagner at the San Francisco Symphony

Posted March 12, 2019 (updated March 13)

Michael Tilson Thomas' 25th and final season as Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony is punctuated with the works of Richard Wagner.

Among the season highlights are:

May 2, 3, 4, 2019 Marek Janowski will present Wagner's Love Music: Overture and Venusberg music from Tannhäuser with works by Bruch and Mendelssohn

November 14, 15, and 16, 2019 Antonio Pappano conducts Act 1 Walküre featuring Emily Magee, Stuart Skelton and Ain Anger. Also on the program is Strauss' Metamorphosen

Met Opera Radio FREE Ring Broadcasts

Posted March 12, 2019

Metropolitan Opera Radio will be live broadcasting the entire Ring (NO Sirius subscription required).
Thursday March 14th 7:55 Eastern Time Das Rheingold
Monday March 25th 6:25 Eastern Time Die Walküre
Thursday May 9th 5:55 Eastern Time Siegfried
Saturday May 11th 5:55 Götterdämmerung
All times are Eastern Standard Time
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Met HD Presents Wagner!

Posted March 3, 2019

This season the Met HD presentations includes Die Walküre

Die Walküre will be presented on Saturday March 30th, 2019 with US encore on Wednesday April 3rd (check your local theater for listings, Canada has an alternate schedule)

Cast: Christine Goerke: Brünnhilde, Stuart Skelton (SF Opera Merola,1995) Siegmund; Eva-Maria Westbroeck, Sieglinde; Greer Grimsley: Wotan; Jamie Barton: Fricka; Günter Groissböck: Hunding; Philippe Jordan conducts.



Lyric Opera of Chicago 2020 Ring

Posted March 7, 2019

The Lyric Opera of Chicago has updated their website to include information regarding the 2020 Ring Cycles. At the present time tickets are not available for purchase. Priority will be given to individuals who are contributors to the Valhalla Society and/or are 2019-2020 subscribers. Here is information about their Ring Cycles:


Met Opera Announces Ring Events

Posted March 7, 2019

The Metropolitan Opera has announced a number of Ring Events: A book club, pre-performance lectures and a film screening.

Read more on their website:

Richard Wagner Birthday Celebration


The Wagner Society of Northern California is pleased to announce that we will hold the Annual Richard Wagner Birthday Celebraton 3:00 p.m. on Saturday May 25th at St. Mark's Lutheran Church 1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA

Our musical guests for the concert are Steven Bailey and Mai-Lihn Pham who will be playing piano transcriptions of the music of Richard Wagner for piano and piano four hands. 

Immediately following the concert we will have a dessert reception in the lower level Community Hall featuring birthday cake and champagne.

Birgit Nilsson - A League of Her Own

Posted February 10, 2019

On Saturday March 23rd, 2019 The Wagner Society of Northern California will screen the new documentary film "Birgit Nilsson - A League of Her Own".. This documentary commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nilsson, perhaps the greatest Wagnerian soprano who ever took the stage. The film includes rare footage of Nilsson in opera performances, concerts and on talk shows. The Wagner Society of Northern California thanks the Birgit Nilsson Foundation for the opportunity to present this film.