Upcoming Events for 2017!

As 2016 draws to a close, WSWDC is already looking forward to an action-packed schedule for 2017!

  • January 26 -- Jim Holman: Tristan and the Delights of Ambiguity
  • March 2 -- Philippe Auguin: Wagner, Flaubert, and Proust
  • April 2 -- Third Annual American Wagner Project Concert
  • April 27 -- John Edward Niles: Wagner and His Texts
  • May 18 -- John Pohanka: Maria Callas, A Wagnerian Soprano
  • June 16-18 -- Wagner in der Wildnis: Parsifal
  • August 20-28 -- Bayreuth Festival (Yes, WSWDC will have tickets!): Tristan, Ring, Parsifal, Meistersinger

Scroll down for details and click here for a brochure! And while you're marking your calendars, don't forget to renew your WSWDC membership for 2017! Click here to join or renew online TODAY!

Three New Sets of Wildnis Lectures Now Available Online!

We are happy to announce that audio recordings of WSWDC's Wagner in der Wildnis lectures on Tannhäuser (2008), Siegfried (2013), and Götterdämmerung (2014) are now available online! Click the titles to listen!

We now have a total of seven sets of Wildnis lectures archived--including the lectures on all four operas of the Ring--featuring insights from Pianist Jeffrey Swann, Professor Simon Williams, and WSWDC Chairman Jim Holman. WSWDC thanks longtime member Marc Nicholson for his efforts and support in facilitating and financing these valuable archives of artistic scholarship.

Philippe Auguin: Wagner, Flaubert, and Proust

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 7:30 pm
Goethe-Institut
1990 K Street, NW, Suite 3 (enter on 20th Street, lower level)
Metro to Farragut West (Orange, Blue, and Silver Lines) or Farragut North (Red Line)

This lecture will explore the relationship between the works of Richard Wagner and the writings of influential French novelists Gustave Flaubert and Marcel Proust.

Among the most sought-after conductors of his generation, Maestro Philippe Auguin has led an extraordinary career conducting masterworks in the most prestigious opera houses and with orchestras around the world. He is the Music Director of the Washington National Opera (WNO) and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Free and open to the public, but reservations are required. RSVP online here or call 703-370-1923.

 

Third Annual American Wagner Project Concert

Sunday, April 2, 2017, 3:00 pm
Katzen Arts Center, American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC
Free garage parking on weekends!

The American Wagner Project's mission is to develop a new generation of singers able to draw audiences into the music of Richard Wagner. We partner with the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, under the leadership of renowned mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick, as the umbrella organization for the AWP. Now in its third year, the AWP is led by Wagnerian soprano Luana DeVol (Executive Director) and WSWDC Board member John Edward Niles (Program Director) and is supported by WSWDC. This year's concert will feature Bass-Baritone Daniel Minton, Mezzo-Soprano Gillian Yemen, and Tenor William Green.

Ticketing information is forthcoming. In the meantime, mark your calendars now and click here for a brochure!

John Edward Niles: Wagner and His Texts

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7:30 pm
Goethe-Institut
1990 K Street, NW, Suite 3 (enter on 20th Street, lower level)
Metro to Farragut West (Orange, Blue, and Silver Lines) or Farragut North (Red Line)

This lecture will explore the writings of Richard Wagner from a variety of perspectives, including Wagner in German, Wagner in translation, and the perils of the German language in Wagner.

John Edward Niles is a Board Member of WSWDC and a faculty member of the American Wagner Project, a collaboration with Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices. For 12 years he was the Program Director of WSWDC’s Evelyn Lear and Thomas Stewart Emerging Singers Program. He has a Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Arts from Carnegie Mellon University.

Free and open to the public, but reservations are required. RSVP online here or call 703-370-1923.

John Pohanka: Maria Callas, A Wagnerian Soprano

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7:30 pm
Goethe-Institut
1990 K Street, NW, Suite 3 (enter on 20th Street, lower level)
Metro to Farragut West (Orange, Blue, and Silver Lines) or Farragut North (Red Line)

Maria Callas--born in New York City in 1923 of Greek-American parents--is not normally associated with great Wagnerian roles. Early in her amazing career, however, the great soprano was a very successful interpreter of some of the most challenging of Wagner’s roles. She sang twelve performances of Tristan und Isolde, four performances of Parsifal, and six performances as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre.

John Pohanka is a Trustee and former Chairman of the Washington National Opera, Board member of the Palm Beach Opera, Chairman of the Wagner Society of Palm Beach, and a founding Board member of the Wagner Society of Washington DC. He has a BA from Princeton University and is the author of Wagner the Mystic (2010).

Free and open to the public, but reservations are required. RSVP online here or call 703-370-1923.

(Want more? Click the following links to view "John Pohanka presents Maria Callas": Part 1Part 2.)

Bayreuth Festival Tickets 2017!

Yes, you read that correctly! WSWDC has been able to secure tickets to the 2017 Bayreuth Festival and we are making them available to our members (only)!

Application deadline is February 1, 2017. Click here for complete instructions. Note that a $500 deposit is required for each set of tickets as well as a signed commitment to purchase the tickets and agree to the sale provisions. You may use the form below to make the deposit.

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Wagner in der Wildnis 2017: Parsifal

Our 17th Annual Weekend Retreat (Members-only event)

Friday, June 16, to Sunday, June 18, 2017
Cacapon Resort State Park
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411

Having studied all ten of Richard Wagner’s mature operas, we are now taking a second look at his most mystical. We will have the privilege of an in-depth journey into Parsifal guided by our “dream team” presenters:
Pianist Jeffrey Swann offers his prized lecture-demonstrations at the piano. An internationally known concert pianist, he is known from previous Wildnis weekends, his concert performances for the Wagner Society of Washington, DC, his talk for the Smithsonian's Tristan und Isolde seminar in 2004, and his lectures at Bayreuth.
Professor Simon Williams, Chairman, Drama Department, University of California at Santa Barbara, presents his insightful lectures on Wagner and drama. His latest books: Wagner and the Romantic Hero, now in paperback, A History of German Theatre, and in 2015, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stage Actors and Acting. He recently completed an all-day Meistersinger seminar for San Francisco Opera.

Cacapon Resort State Park, near Berkeley Springs, WV, is a two-hour drive from downtown Washington. Car pools can be arranged. Click here for a virtual tour.

Registration fee must be paid in full by March 1. Register online using the form below. If you prefer to register by mail or fax, click here to download the form.

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ALL NEW: 2016 WSWDC Newsletter!

Hot off the presses! We've all been waiting for the latest newsletter from WSWDC, and you can read it now before it arrives in your snail-mailbox! This beautifully produced document contains a sneak peek at upcoming activities, a retrospective of our 2015-16 events, a look back at the WNO Ring, news on the American Wagner Project, updates on AWP singers, and much, much more!

Click here to download, print, or read online!

Jim Holman on WETA: Wagner's Ring for Beginners!

Photo Credit: WETA

WSWDC Chairman Jim Holman was recently interviewed by WETA's Marilyn Cooley on the subject of Wagner's Ring. Jim guided her--and her listeners--through the story and background of this major work of Western art. Click here to listen to the full interview!