Help Bring Wagner's Rienzi to Washington!

Saturday, October 3, 2015
Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Metro to Grosvenor-Strathmore station (Red Line)

The National Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Piotr Gajewski, will present a concert version of Wagner’s first major success, Rienzi: Last of the Tribunes. It is rarely performed now, so this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear this late Romantic masterpiece!

WSWDC is proud to be co-sponsoring this major event, starring international Wagnerian soprano Jennifer Wilson and the shooting star of American heldentenors, Issachah Savage, both alumni of WSWDC's Emerging Singers Program and the American Wagner Project!

We need YOUR help in bringing this exciting event to Washington! At the moment, we are part-way to our fundraising goal of the $50,000 needed to support this project. Several WSWDC members have pledged major donations of $5,000 and even $10,000 to see this seminal work performed in our community. Please join us and help with your 100% tax-deductible donation! Use the button below or click here to download a form you may submit by mail or fax. The form also lists the special premiums we are using to recognize significant donors.

We thank you in advance for your participation and support of this important event!

WSWDC Celebrates Der fliegende Holländer with Eric Owens & Jay Hunter Morris!

You loved them as Alberich and Siegfried in the Met's Ring ... they'll soon perform together in WNO's Der fliegende Holländer ... and now Eric Owens and Jay Hunter Morris will be joining WSWDC for two unforgettable events you will not want to miss!

A Conversation with Eric Owens
Thursday, March 12, 7:30 pm
Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I Street, NW
Washington, DC

This conversation with Eric Owens will be introduced and moderated by Peter Russell, General Director of Vocal Arts DC. A reception will follow. Mr. Owens will be singing the role of the Dutchman in the upcoming WNO production of Der fliegende Holländer.

Banquet Honoring Jay Hunter Morris
Sunday, March 15, 7:30 pm
Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I Street, NW
Washington, DC

The guest of honor at our WSWDC Banquet will be Jay Hunter Morris, an alumnus of WSWDC's Emerging Singers Program (now the American Wagner Project). Mr. Morris will be singing the role of Erik in the upcoming WNO production of Der fliegende Holländer (his WNO debut).

Space is very limited, so please reserve ASAP! Register using the form below or complete this form and submit by fax or mail. Note that the special package price for both events is for current WSWDC members only. Click here to join WSWDC or renew your membership for 2015.

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Wildnis Lectures: Der fliegende Holländer

As WSWDC prepares for this year's celebration and performance of Der fliegende Holländer, we are pleased to remind you that the seven lectures on this opera from the 2010 Wagner in der Wildnis weekend are available here. Pianist Jeffrey Swann and Professor Simon Williams bring you nine hours of insights, interpretation, discussion, and musical excerpts.

Additional Wildnis lectures are available on Lohengrin (2007), Das Rheingold (2011), and Die Walküre (2012).

Wagner in der Wildnis 2015 -- Registration Now Open!!

Our 15th Annual Weekend Retreat (Members-only event)


Friday, June 5 to Sunday, June 7, 2015
Cacapon Resort State Park
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
Having studied all ten of Richard Wagner’s mature operas, we now will look at all ten operas at once via a thematic approach. No composer ever produced so much love music with the profoundness or variety of Wagner, and we will have the privilege of an in-depth journey guided by our “dream team” presenters:
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.
Reserve your spot using the form below or download this form to submit by mail or fax. Deadline to apply is March 1.

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Issachah Savage in Handel's "Messiah" -- on DVD!

The American Wagner Project's Issachah Savage recently gave an outstanding performance as one of the soloists in Handel's Messiah here in Washington, DC. The concert is available on DVD by sending a check for $25 to Metropolitan Baptist Church, 300 New Jersey Avenue NW, Ste. 900, Washington DC 20001!

Save the Dates!

SAVE THE DATES FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS! Check back often for details! Click here to download a printable copy!
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WSWDC Chairman Jim Holman and Washington Concert Opera's Maestro Anthony Walker discuss Strauss's opera, Guntram

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 7:30 pm, Goethe-Institut
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An Evening with Eric Owens and Peter Russell

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7:30 pm, Arts Club of Washington
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WSWDC Banquet Honoring Jay Hunter Morris

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 7:30 pm, Arts Club of Washington
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First American Wagner Project (AWP) Concert, sponsored by WSWDC

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 3:00 pm, Hearst Auditorium, National Cathedral School
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The Music of The Ring and the Life-Cycle of an Audience, Musicologist Heath Lees, Professor Emeritus, University of Auckland, founder of the Wagner Society of New Zealand

May 7, 2015 (Venue TBD)
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WSWDC Garden Party

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 6:00-8:00 pm, Jim Holman's Residence
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Wagner in der Wildnis Retreat: The Evolution of Love in Wagner's Music Dramas

Friday, June 5-Sunday, June 7, 2015, Cacapon Resort State Park, Berkeley Springs, WV
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Jeffrey Swann Concert

September-October 2015 (Date and venue TBA)
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Richard Wagner's Rienzi: The Last of the Tribunes, concert version co-sponsored by WSWDC

Saturday, October 3, 2015 (time TBA), The Music Center at Strathmore

Opera Master Classes with Dolora Zajick & Eric Owens!

Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery
Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 7:00 pm

Two of opera's greatest stars will provide expert guidance and direction to emerging artists. Witness how great performers are made, hear some of opera's great voices of tomorrow, and observe the creative process!

Dolora Zajick (Jan 27), WSWDC's valued partner in the American Wagner Project, will sing the role of Madame de Croissy in WNO's upcoming production of Poulenc's Dialogues des carmélites. Click here for tickets to her master class!

Eric Owens (Feb 18) will be WSWDC's special guest at the Arts Club of Washington on March 12. He will sing the role of the Dutchman in WNO's upcoming production of Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer. Click here for tickets to his master class!

Available NOW! The All-New 2014 WSWDC Newsletter!

ATTENTION! The latest WSWDC Newsletter is now available!

This beautifully-produced document contains a sneak preview of upcoming events, a retrospective of our 2013-14 season, updates on the American Wagner Project, news on the Wildnis Legacy Program, and much, much more!!

View, print, or download your copy by clicking here!

Join WSWDC Now or Renew Your Membership for 2015!

Join WSWDC now or renew your membership for 2015 -- and please consider giving a gift membership to a friend or two!

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. WSWDC thanks you for your continued participation and support!

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!