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!

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! 

Additional Events for 2015-16!


Ring Cruise on the Potomac

Monday, May 16, 2016, 6:00-9:00 pm

Additional details to come! Presented in partnership with the Washington National Opera.

Wagner in der Wildnis: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Friday, June 3-Sunday, June 5, 2016
Cacapon Resort State Park, Berkley Springs, WV

Additional details to come!

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!



The Final Toast

Longtime WSWDC Member Donald Crosby

Returning from a few weeks in Europe, flying at 38,000 feet over the Atlantic, in First Class, Donald had a heart attack and died.

He and Bonnie had just raised a champagne toast to the end of pleasant travels that included visiting family in Garmisch and cruising the Danube to Budapest.

In the next month or so, there will be a Celebration of Life as an opportunity for friends to exchange "Donald stories" and remember his love for German literature, passion for classical music, and zest for zany activities!

There is no date as yet, but we will keep you informed.

Click here to read Donald's obituary in the Washington Post.


Opera in Europe Tours

Opera In Europe, LLC, has several exciting tours in 2016 that you will certainly enjoy:

Follow the Maestro tours will follow Maestro Adam Fischer to the Ring in Vienna, a concert tour in Spain, the Ring and Die Meistersinger in Budapest, and The Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt.

Support WSWDC by mentioning that you heard about Opera in Europe here when you make your reservations!

1st Annual American Wagner Project Concert!

Our inaugural AWP Concert took place on April 26, 2015, at the National Cathedral School here in Washington, DC. The concert featured three young Wagnerian graduates of the AWP program: Lauren Decker (mezzo soprano), Gregory Frens (tenor), and Eudora Brown (soprano). They performed selections from Das RheingoldTannhäuser, Parsifal, the Wesendonck Lieder, and Die Walküre.

Left to right: AWP Artistic Director Luana DeVol, Lauren Decker, Gregory Frens, pianist Betty Bullock, Eudora Brown, and Dolora Zajick, founder of the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, WSWDC's partner in the AWP.

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!