All-New 2015 WSWDC Newsletter!

This beautifully-produced document contains a sneak preview of upcoming events, a retrospective of our 2014-15 season, updates on the American Wagner Project, news on the 2016 WNO Ring Cycle, and much, much more!! Download your copy here!

Tannhäuser: Catastrophe and Triumph!

Re-scheduled for February 29, 2016, 7:30 pm
The Source Theatre
1835 14th Street, NW, Washington DC
Metro to U Street/Cardozo (Yellow and Green Lines)
Click here for parking options.

Tannhäuser has a unique place in Wagner’s creative history, as it was his only opera to undergo substantial revision, yet it never satisfied him. Old warhorse, awkward hybrid, or prophetic precursor--it was all three, but it has survived, and thrived, in the standard repertory for almost 170 years. WSWDC Chairman Jim Holman will review Wagner's creative process and reveal the secret of the success of this enduring masterpiece. Click here for a flyer! (Note that the flyer lists the original date.)

Special Bonus: Attendees will receive a free copy of Saul Lilienstein's WNO Commentary on Tannhäuser, courtesy of Washington National Opera!

FREE and open to the public, but you must RSVP here or by calling 703-370-1923.

Bayreuth Festival Tickets 2016!!

We are delighted to inform you that we have been able to secure tickets to the 2016 Bayreuth Festival and are making them available to our members. The deadline to apply for tickets is February 1, 2016. Tickets will be allocated to current MEMBERS ONLY. You must renew your membership by the application deadline to qualify for tickets.

Click here to download and print the ticket application form with complete details, including operas, dates, prices, and terms of purchase. You must sign the purchase agreement and return the completed form by mail or fax, or scan the signed form and return by email. A $500 deposit is required for each set of tickets, which you may pay by check, credit card, or online using the form below.

Deposit Type


Bayreuth Tickets from our Members

Member Pedro Taborga (202-550-2755) has a pair of tickets for Bayreuth Cycle II, August 7-14 (Ring, Dutchman, Parsifal). And member John Callahan (757-256-5836) has a single ticket for Ring Cycle II, August 7-12. Call them directly for details!

Wagner in der Wildnis 2016: Die Meistersinger!

Our 16th Annual Weekend Retreat (Members-only event)

Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 5, 2016
Cacapon Resort State Park
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411

Having studied all ten of Richard Wagner’s mature operas, we are returning to perhaps the most beloved. We will have the privilege of an in-depth journey into Die Meistersinger 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. Just prior to Wildnis, he will speak at one of Washington National Opera’s seminars in conjunction with its Ring production.
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.

Reserve by March 1 using the form below or click here to download a registration form to submit by mail or fax.

Wagner in der Wildnis 2016


Second Annual American Wagner Project Concert

Sunday, March 20, 2016, 3:00 pm
Katzen Arts Center, American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC
Parking garage on premises

The American Wagner Project is WSWDC’s new outreach program to develop the next generation of singers able to draw audiences into the music of Richard Wagner. In partnership with the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices under the leadership of mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick, the AWP means to make a difference in the development of exceptional artists who are destined to have major careers as Wagnerian singers. This partnership, now in its third year, is directed by Wagnerian soprano Luana DeVol. Click here for additional details!

Purchase tickets using the form below or call 703-370-1923. Students with ID and youths under 18 are eligible for FREE tickets, but you must RSVP here or by phone.

AWP Concert 2016

An Evening with Maestro Philippe Auguin and Jim Holman

Monday, March 14, 2016
Kennedy Center, Washington DC

Save the date! Additional details to come! Presented in partnership with Washington National Opera.

Ring Cruise on the (DC) Rhine!

Monday, May 16, 2016
Parking at Port of Alexandria between Duke and Prince Streets

All aboard Nina's Dandy for WSWDC's Ring Cruise on the (DC) Rhine (aka, the Potomac)! Details to come in March. Click here for a "Save the Date" flyer!

WNO Ring: Schedule of Events

A variety of events has been scheduled to coincide with the 2016 WNO Ring, including lectures, all-day symposia, a film, and talk-back discussions. Click here for a complete schedule, and check back as additional events are announced.

In addition, Smithsonian Associates is hosting an all-day seminar on the Ring on March 12. Click here for details!

WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin on The Ring

Click here to read the article in Washington National Opera's blog, WNO Notebook!