Sneak Peek at 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 -- even an ad from WSWDC (p. 37)! We share the page with Placido Domingo!


LAST CALL! Dining on the DC Rhine to Celebrate the WNO Ring!

Monday, May 16, 2016, 5:30-9:30 pm
Dandy Restaurant Cruises
Zero Prince Street, Alexandria, VA
Click here for directions
Click here for information on the free King Street Trolley
See brochure for parking options

WSWDC and the Washington National Opera invite you to join cast members to celebrate the WNO production of The Ring of the Nibelung on the Nina's Dandy restaurant cruise ship. A special recital on Wagner tubas will be part of the evening's festivities! Boarding starts at 5:30 pm and the ship sails at 6:20 pm. Enjoy a welcome cocktail on the top deck. Dinner includes a mesclun mix salad and a choice of four entrées. A selection of desserts, wine, beer, soft drinks, tea, and coffee are included. For any dietary restrictions, please call Jackie at 703-370-1923.

Reserve using the form below. Member discount applies to all North American Wagner Societies.

Ticket Type(s)

Entrée Choice

If two persons, additional entrée choice


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 & WNO

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).

WNO: Elliot Wolff (202-460-8191) has one or two tickets to Ring Cycle II (May 10-15). Mark R. Joelson (703-532-1471) has single tickets to Cycle III performances of Rheingold (May 17) and Siegfried (May 20). David Loving (703-534-0506) has one set of Cycle III tickets (May 17-22) for all four operas. Christina Waters (831-459-1354) also has one set of Cycle III tickets. And Chuck Ludlum (202-364-6021 or 202-841-3006) has one set of Cycle I tickets (April 30-May 6).

Call them directly for details!

TWO ROOMS LEFT! 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.

TWO ROOMS LEFT!! Call Jackie at 703-370-1923 to grab them while you can!

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.

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!