Jim Holman on WETA: Wagner's Ring for Beginners!

Photo Credit: WETA

WSWDC Chairman Jim Holman was recently interviewed by WETA's Marilyn Cooley on the subject of Wagner's Ring. Jim guided her--and her listeners--through the story and background of this major work of Western art. Click the photo above to listen to the full interview!

Massive Playbill for the WNO Ring!

Click here to view online and here to download the PDF! This special 100-page issue contains articles, synopses, artist interviews, event schedules -- AND an ad from WSWDC (p. 37)! We share the page with Placido Domingo!


Bayreuth Festival Tickets -- TWO SETS LEFT!!

We are delighted to inform you that we have two sets of tickets to the 2016 Bayreuth Festival and are offering them for sale to current MEMBERS ONLY. Call Jackie at 703-370-1923 to grab them while you can!

Ring Tickets from our Members: Bayreuth and Leipzig!

Bayreuth: Member Pedro Taborga (202-550-2755) has a pair of tickets for Bayreuth Cycle II, August 7-14 (Ring, Dutchman, Parsifal). Member John Callahan (757-256-5836) has a single ticket for Bayreuth Ring Cycle II, August 7-12. And Nigel Boon (571-216-7465) has a pair of tickets to Tristan und Isolde (August 13).

Leipzig: Scott Goodman (214-526-2052) has a pair of tickets to all four operas (June 18, 29, July 1, 3).

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.

Call Jackie at 703-370-1923 to confirm availability.

WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin on The Ring

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

WSWDC Attends Jennifer Wilson's Met Debut!

Jennifer Wilson, an alumna of WSWDC's Emerging Singers Program (now the American Wagner Project), sang the title role in the Zeffirelli production of Puccini's Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera on November 12, 2015! WSWDC members were in attendance for the big event! Click here for additional photos on WSWDC's Facebook page! Congratulations, Jennifer!

Issachah Savage Interview on WETA!

Classical WETA’s Marilyn Cooley recently spoke with Issachah Savage about his background and training and the first time he met the late soprano, Evelyn Lear. Issachah, as we know, is singing the title role in Wagner's rarely-performed opera, Rienzi, presented by the National Philharmonic in partnership with WSWDC.

Hear the full interview here! 

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!

AWP News: Jennifer Wilson in Bayreuth!

John Edward Niles, WSWDC Director and Director of the American Wagner Project (formerly the Emerging Singers Program) sent us this news item about ESP alumna Jennifer Wilson:

I am glad to report that Jennifer is safely ensconsed at Bayreuth with a very lovely apartment in a nice neighborhood (are they any bad neighborhoods in Bayreuth?) and--according to her--a very nice landlady.

Officially she is just covering this summer, but then, who knows?

Next year she is singing Sieglinde.

Of course, someone might get sick or walk out or ... whatever.

In any case, she is there and will be until September and then here in VA for a few weeks and then the Met.

At last stuff is starting to happen for that girl. It's about time!