Set of Tickets to Linz Ring Available!

One set of tickets is available to the sold out Ring at the new Landestheater: May 8-10-14-17, 2015. $300 for set. A reserved hotel room is also available. Contact Trish Benedict at

LAST CALL! Celebrate Der fliegende Holländer with Eric Owens & Jay Hunter Morris!

You loved them as Alberich and Siegfried in the Met's Ring ... they're together again in WNO's Der fliegende Holländer ... and now Wagnerian superstars Eric Owens and Jay Hunter Morris are 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.


Eric Owens & Jay Hunter Morris 2015
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Wagner in der Wildnis 2015 -- A Few Slots Still Available!

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.

Wagner in der Wildnis 2015
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Dolora Zajick Article in Sunday (Feb 15) Washington Post!

On  Sunday, February 15, the Washington Post contained an extensive article on mezzo soprano Dolora Zajick--WSWDC's valued partner in the American Wagner Project. The article mentioned WSWDC, the AWP, and WSWDC protégé Issachah Savage, who will sing the title role in Wagner's rarely-performed Rienzi at Strathmore on October 3. (WSWDC is partnering with the National Philharmonic Orchestra to make this concert production possible.)

Click here to read the article by Post classical music critic Anne Midgette!

Discounted Flying Dutchman Ticket -- Last One!

There's one discounted ticket left for the matinee performance of WNO's The Flying Dutchman at 2:00 pm on March 15 -- the same day as the WSWDC Banquet honoring Jay Hunter Morris!

Orchestra Center, Row Z, Seat 115, $115 (That's more than $50 off!)

Click here to view seat location.

E-mail if interested!

John Pohanka: Wagner 101!

John Pohanka, WSWDC Board Member and author of Wagner the Mystic, recently gave a lecture, "Wagner 101," to members of the 4 Arts Society of Palm Beach, Florida. Click here to view a video recording!

Issachah Savage Makes Canadian Debut in Die Walküre!

Congratulations to Issachah Savage, WSWDC's protégé in the American Wagner Project! Issachah recently made his Canadian debut as Siegmund in the Canadian Opera Company's production of Die Walküre.

"Yesterday Savage sang the third performance and, in so doing, has secured his reputation as a major contender for star status among dramatic tenors worldwide." -- Neil Crory, Musical Toronto

Click here and here for additional details, and click here to view Issachah's website!

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!

Bayreuth Tickets Available!

Christopher Wilson has two tickets to the Ring Cycle on July 27-28-30-August 1:

Left, Row 2, Seat 12
Center, Row 3, Seat 9

Price is 960 euros each. Contact Christopher at

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).