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!
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.
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.
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!
Our 16th Annual Weekend Retreat (Members-only event)
Cacapon Resort State Park, near Berkeley Springs, WV, is a two-hour drive from downtown Washington. Car pools can be arranged. Click herefor a virtual tour.
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.
Monday, March 14, 2016
Kennedy Center, Washington DC
Save the date! Additional details to come! Presented in partnership with Washington National Opera.
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!
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!
Click here to read the article in Washington National Opera's blog, WNO Notebook!