Issachah Savage Wins Big at International Wagner Competition!

Issachah Savage, sponsored by The American Wagner Project, won top honors at the International Wagner Competition in Seattle on August 7. Issachah came away with first prize, the orchestra prize, and the audience prize for a total of $35,000 in winnings! Click here for additional coverage from the Seattle Times.

The American Wagner Project is a joint partnership of WSWDC and the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices. Click here for additional information on the AWP.

Jeffrey Swann & Eudora Brown in Concert!!

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:30 pm
Katzen Arts Center, American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC
FREE parking on weekends in Katzen's underground garage!

Pianist Jeffrey Swann is joined by soprano Eudora Brown to take us back 100 years--to the year of the outbreak of World War I--for WSWDC's inaugural concert for our new season: "The World on the Brink of the Abyss: Music in 1914." The program will feature works by Janáček, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Ives, and Debussy. Click here for additional information about the artists and the program.

Tickets are $35 for the general public, $25 for 2014 WSWDC members and AU students, and FREE for WSWDC members for 2015.

You may purchase tickets using the button below, or call 703-370-1923. To receive free tickets, (1) click here to join WSWDC for 2015 or to renew your membership, and then (2) click here to RSVP for the concert!

Take advantage of this special offer and join us on this unique musical journey back in time! Join or renew your WSWDC membership today!


Jeffrey Swann Concert 2014

Join WSWDC or Renew Your Membership for 2015 -- Register a New Member FREE!

WSWDC continues its celebration of the Bicentennial of Richard Wagner's birth with this exciting offer! Join now or renew your membership for 2015 and enroll a new member or a new couple FREE for a year!

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. Thank you for your 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!

The Ring Comes to the Kennedy Center in Spring 2016!

Washington National Opera will present three complete cycles of Wagner's Ring at the Kennedy Center April 30-May 22, 2016. Tickets will be available to contributors beginning at the $2,500.00 level during the six-month period September 2014 through February 2015. Subscription packages will be available later in 2015.

Click here for additional details.

Eric Owens & Jay Hunter Morris in WNO's Der fliegende Holländer -- March 2015

You loved them as Alberich and Siegfried in the Met's Ring--now hear these two great voices on stage at the Kennedy Center Opera House! German soprano Christiane Libor (Senta) and Estonian bass Ain Anger (Daland) join Owens (the Dutchman) and Morris (Erik) in this WNO revivial of Wagner's classic retelling of the nautical legend.

Click here for additional information.

AVAILABLE NOW -- The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia

In his new, thorough, über-extensive work, Nicholas Vazsonyi has assembled the research of more than eighty scholars from around the world, representing disciplines from history and philosophy to film studies and medicine, to provide fascinating insights into Wagner's life, career, and influence. Multiple appendices include listings of Wagner's works, historic productions, recordings, and addresses where he lived, to round out a volume that will be an essential and reliable resource for enthusiasts and academics alike.

This invaluable volume is available NOW in both hardcover (825 pages) and e-book editions. Click here to order your copy!

Wagner Project from Americus Records Needs Your Support!

Americus Records is a classical record label based in Washington DC with almost 18 years experience producing classical recordings that include vocal, orchestral, chamber, and solo instrumental works. They are currently partnering with Pianopianissimo-Musiktheater in Germany, and their music director, Dr. Peter P. Pachl, in a project to record over 4 hours of rarely performed & rarely recorded music of Richard Wagner. When the project is complete, CDs will be available for purchase AND all the music will be available for downloading in MP3 and several other formats free of charge.

Click here for additional information and to donate to this important project.

ESP Alumnus Jay Hunter Morris in Moby-Dick!

WSWDC is proud to have Jay Hunter Morris as one of the many accomplished alumni of our Emerging Singers Program. You loved him as Siegfried in the Met's Ring -- now hear him sing the role of Captain Ahab in the San Francisco Opera production of Moby-Dick absolutely free! Click here to watch the complete opera online!

The Ring in 2-1/2 Minutes!

Hilarious video for those with short attention spans.