American Wagner Project -- Master Class and Concert!!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 7:00 pm and
Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 7:30 pm
Arts Club of Washington
2017 I Street, NW, Washington, DC
Metro to Farragut West (Orange & Blue Lines)
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WSWDC is thrilled to bring you TWO fabulous events this spring as we continue to celebrate the inaugural season of the American Wagner Project!

May 7: Master Class and Reception with internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick, President of the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices

June 11: Concert and Reception with Wagnerian tenor Issachah Savage, the first singer sponsored by WSWDC under the American Wagner Project

These events are FREE, but reservations are required. Space is limited -- call 703-370-1923 NOW!

Click here for a flyer! Click here for additional information about the American Wagner Project.

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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Wagner in der Wildnis: Götterdämmerung

Our 14th Annual Weekend Retreat (a Members-only event)


Friday, May 30 to Sunday, June 1, 2014
Cacapon Resort State Park
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
Having studied all ten of Richard Wagner’s mature operas, we returned to Der Ring des Nibelungen in 2011. In 2014 we will undertake an in-depth study of Götterdämmerung. The program features lecture and discussion sessions, informal conversations between sessions and at meals with lecturers and members, and a DVD showing.

The two presenters, our "dream team" veterans, are:

Pianist Jeffrey Swann offers his prized lecture-demonstrations at the piano. 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, and A History of German Theatre.

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.
NOTE: Cacapon Lodge is sold out. There is still room for lectures and meals, but you will need to call Jackie at 703-370-1923 for information on other lodging possibilities.

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)