Wildnis Lectures Available Online!

WSWDC is delighted to announce that we are in the process of making the audio files available from our annual Wagner in der Wildnis retreats. These events feature formal lecture and discussion sessions under the leadership of two distinguished Wagner experts, Pianist Jeffrey Swann and Professor Simon Williams. We are also including several Wagner lectures by WSWDC Chairman Jim Holman.

So far, the lectures on Lohengrin, Der fliegende Holländer, Das Rheingold, and Die Walküre are available. Other lectures will be coming soon! Click here to view the main page!

The Ring Comes to the Kennedy Center in Spring 2016!

Washington National Opera will present three complete cycles of Wagner's Ring at the Kennedy Center April 30-May 22, 2016. Tickets will be available to contributors beginning at the $2,500.00 level during the six-month period September 2014 through February 2015. Subscription packages will be available later in 2015.

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Eric Owens & Jay Hunter Morris in WNO's Der fliegende Holländer -- March 2015

You loved them as Alberich and Siegfried in the Met's Ring--now hear these two great voices on stage at the Kennedy Center Opera House! German soprano Christiane Libor (Senta) and Estonian bass Ain Anger (Daland) join Owens (the Dutchman) and Morris (Erik) in this WNO revivial of Wagner's classic retelling of the nautical legend.

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Join WSWDC or Renew Your Membership for 2014 -- Register a New Member FREE!

WSWDC continues its celebration of the Bicentennial of Richard Wagner's birth with this exciting offer! Join now or renew your membership for 2014 and enroll a new member or a new couple FREE for a year!

The WSWDC membership year runs from January 1 through December 31 regardless of the time of year you join. To become a member, you may click here to join/renew online or complete this form and submit by mail or fax. Thank you for your participation and support!

AVAILABLE NOW -- The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia

In his new, thorough, über-extensive work, Nicholas Vazsonyi has assembled the research of more than eighty scholars from around the world, representing disciplines from history and philosophy to film studies and medicine, to provide fascinating insights into Wagner's life, career, and influence. Multiple appendices include listings of Wagner's works, historic productions, recordings, and addresses where he lived, to round out a volume that will be an essential and reliable resource for enthusiasts and academics alike.

This invaluable volume is available NOW in both hardcover (825 pages) and e-book editions. Click here to order your copy!

Wagner Project from Americus Records Needs Your Support!

Americus Records is a classical record label based in Washington DC with almost 18 years experience producing classical recordings that include vocal, orchestral, chamber, and solo instrumental works. They are currently partnering with Pianopianissimo-Musiktheater in Germany, and their music director, Dr. Peter P. Pachl, in a project to record over 4 hours of rarely performed & rarely recorded music of Richard Wagner. When the project is complete, CDs will be available for purchase AND all the music will be available for downloading in MP3 and several other formats free of charge.

Click here for additional information and to donate to this important project.

ESP Alumnus Jay Hunter Morris in Moby-Dick!

WSWDC is proud to have Jay Hunter Morris as one of the many accomplished alumni of our Emerging Singers Program. You loved him as Siegfried in the Met's Ring -- now hear him sing the role of Captain Ahab in the San Francisco Opera production of Moby-Dick absolutely free! Click here to watch the complete opera online!

The Ring in 2-1/2 Minutes!

Hilarious video for those with short attention spans.

Latest WSWDC Newsletter!

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Check out the year in review, read the latest news, and get some tantalizing hints about the treats we have in store for you in the coming year! (This is a large file, so it might take a minute or more to download.)

4-CD Set: The Five Great German Romantic Operas with Saul Lilienstein!

No Wagner library is complete without this four-CD recording of Maestro Saul Lilienstein's all-day seminar at the Goethe-Institut on March 23, 2013. Maestro Lilienstein traced the development of German Romantic opera through a detailed analysis of the music of five great works: Beethoven's Fidelio, Weber's Der Freischütz, and Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer, Tannhäuser, and Lohengrin.

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German Romantic Opera (4 CDs)