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Verna Parino in the news again

Wagner Society past-President Verna Parino is anything but shy!  However, our ever-young Wagnerian was a bit disconcerted when her trip to Shanghai for the Ring brought her more than 15 minutes of fame.  She was interviewed by many reporters, her photo was in all the Shanghai newspapers, Verna soon became an instant celebrity and, like other superstars, soon resorted to hiding from the paparazzi.

Verna is featured in an article just published this week on the website San Francisco Classical Voice.

Happy 40th James Levine

James Levine is celebrating his 40th year conducting at the Metropolitan opera.  Levine took the podium to celebrate with the premiere of the Robert LePage production of Die Walküre.  Levine was 27 when he started conducting at the Metropolitan Opera, some credit him with turning the Met Orchestra into one of the finest ensembles anywhere in the world.   Maestro Levine has over 2,500 Met performances to his credit.

Fresh Air host Terri Gross interviewed James Levine and you can hear a podcast of the program

Designing Wagner's Ring - An Aesthetic/Historic View (1876-2010)

This exhibit is dedicated to the late Ruth C. Jacobs, Wagner Society of Northern California member, Board Member, volunteer.  Ms. Jacobs was also a volunteer and patron of the Museum of Performance and Design.  Space is limited - reserve on-line.

An Aesthetic/Historic View (1876-2010)

Cameo Exhibition Opening and Lecture    
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 7 PM 


Museum of Performance and Design
401 Van Ness Avenue 4th Floor
94102 San Francisco , California
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Wim Wenders out of Jubilee Ring Production

According to German Newspapers, noted film director Wim Wenders has decided against producing the 2013 Jubilee Ring for the Bayreuth Festival.

The parties were unable to reach agreement and set designs were already in progress

Wagner Intensive Update

Wagner Intensive


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44017-2088 Berea , Ohio
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March 2011 E-Notes - Addendum - Redux

WSNC E-Notes March, 2011 Addendum Redux

 Hi, folks,

 We can call this another March Addendum or an early April E-Notes, but I want to get this off early because I just learned that there are a couple of local showings of Wagner operas in Bay Area theaters beginning April 3rd.

 Emerging Pictures – Opera in CinemaShowings  (

 Emerging Pictures now has a couple of new venues more convenient to San Franciscans than San Jose:

March 2011 - E-Notes - Addendum

WSNC E-Notes March, 2011 Addendum

Hi, Folks,

I have a few things that I need to add, clarify, or correct.

For starters, Adler Fellowship alum  Daveda Karanas' Schwabacher Recital (Wesendonck Lieder) will be held at Temple Emanu-El's Martin Meyer Sanctuary on Lake at Arguello, not at the Opera House, as I alluded to. The info is here on the WSNC web site calendar, but I failed to scroll down to get the correct address (tickets for it can be purchased at the SFO Box Office).

It will be held on April 10 at 5:30 pm.


2011 Bayreuth Festspiele Casts

Tannhäuser 2011 (new production)

Conductor     Thomas Hengelbrock

Regie            Sebastian Baumgarten

Bühnenbild    Joep von Leishout

Kostüme        Nina von Mechow

Landgraf        Gunter Groissböck (2008 Fafner – Das Rheingold - San Francisco Opera)

Tannhäuser   Lars Cleveman

Wolfram        Michael Nagy

Elizabeth       Camilla Nylund (2008 Elizabeth – Tannhäuser - San Diego Opera)

Venus           Stephanie Friede