Lilienstein, Holman, and Auguin on DVD!

NEWS FLASH: Recent lectures now available! Click here for details!

Bayreuth Festival Tickets 2017!

Yes, you read that correctly! WSWDC has been able to secure tickets to the 2017 Bayreuth Festival and we are making them available to our members (only)!

Application deadline EXTENDED. Click here for complete instructions. Note that a $500 deposit is required for each set of tickets as well as a signed commitment to purchase the tickets and agree to the sale provisions. You may use the form below to make the deposit.

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Bayreuth Tickets from Our Members

Member Ida Tjeknavorian has a single set of Bayreuth Ring tickets in the orchestra section for July 29-August 3. Contact Ida at 845-796-0675.

Wagner in der Wildnis 2017: Parsifal

Our 17th Annual Weekend Retreat (Members-only event)

Friday, June 16, to Sunday, June 18, 2017
Cacapon Resort State Park
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411

Having studied all ten of Richard Wagner’s mature operas, we are now taking a second look at his most mystical. We will have the privilege of an in-depth journey into Parsifal guided by our “dream team” presenters:
Pianist Jeffrey Swann offers his prized lecture-demonstrations at the piano. An internationally known concert pianist, he is 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.
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.

SOLD OUT!! Call 703-370-1923 if you would like to be on the waiting list.

Three New Sets of Wildnis Lectures Now Available Online!

We are happy to announce that audio recordings of WSWDC's Wagner in der Wildnis lectures on Tannhäuser (2008), Siegfried (2013), and Götterdämmerung (2014) are now available online! Click the titles to listen!

We now have a total of seven sets of Wildnis lectures archived--including the lectures on all four operas of the Ring--featuring insights from Pianist Jeffrey Swann, Professor Simon Williams, and WSWDC Chairman Jim Holman. WSWDC thanks longtime member Marc Nicholson for his efforts and support in facilitating and financing these valuable archives of artistic scholarship.

2016 WSWDC Newsletter!

Hot off the presses! We've all been waiting for the latest newsletter from WSWDC, and you can read it now before it arrives in your snail-mailbox! This beautifully produced document contains a sneak peek at upcoming activities, a retrospective of our 2015-16 events, a look back at the WNO Ring, news on the American Wagner Project, updates on AWP singers, and much, much more!

Click here to download, print, or read online!

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 here 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!

 

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!