Wagner in der Wildnis 2015 -- Registration Now Open!!

Our 15th Annual Weekend Retreat (Members-only event)

Friday, June 5 to Sunday, June 7, 2015
Cacapon Resort State Park
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
Having studied all ten of Richard Wagner’s mature operas, we now will look at all ten operas at once via a thematic approach. No composer ever produced so much love music with the profoundness or variety of Wagner, and we will have the privilege of an in-depth journey 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.
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, and A History of German Theatre.

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.
Reserve your spot using the form below or download this form to submit by mail or fax. Deadline to apply is March 1.

Wagner in der Wildnis 2015
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Save the Dates!

SAVE THE DATES FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS! Check back often for details!

WSWDC Chairman Jim Holman and Washington Concert Opera's Maestro Anthony Walker discuss Strauss's opera, Guntram

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 7:30 pm, Goethe-Institut

An Evening with Eric Owens and Peter Russell

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7:30 pm, Arts Club of Washington

WSWDC Banquet Honoring Jay Hunter Morris

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 7:30 pm, Arts Club of Washington

First American Wagner Project (AWP) Concert, sponsored by WSWDC

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 3:00 pm, Hearst Auditorium, National Cathedral School

WSWDC Garden Party

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 (time TBA), Jim Holman's Residence

Wagner in der Wildnis Retreat: The Evolution of Love in Wagner's Music Dramas

Friday, June 5-Sunday, June 7, 2015, Cacapon Resort State Park, Berkeley Springs, WV

Jeffrey Swann Concert

Saturday, September 26, 2015 (time and venue TBA)

Richard Wagner's Rienzi: The Last of the Tribunes, concert version co-sponsored by WSWDC

Saturday, October 3, 2015 (time TBA), The Music Center at Strathmore

Opera Master Classes with Dolora Zajick & Eric Owens!

Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery
Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 7:00 pm

Two of opera's greatest stars will provide expert guidance and direction to emerging artists. Witness how great performers are made, hear some of opera's great voices of tomorrow, and observe the creative process!

Dolora Zajick (Jan 27), WSWDC's valued partner in the American Wagner Project, will sing the role of Madame de Croissy in WNO's upcoming production of Poulenc's Dialogues des carmélites. Click here for tickets to her master class!

Eric Owens (Feb 18) will be WSWDC's special guest at the Arts Club of Washington on March 12. He will sing the role of the Dutchman in WNO's upcoming production of Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer. Click here for tickets to his master class!

Available NOW! The All-New 2014 WSWDC Newsletter!

ATTENTION! The latest WSWDC Newsletter is now available!

This beautifully-produced document contains a sneak preview of upcoming events, a retrospective of our 2013-14 season, updates on the American Wagner Project, news on the Wildnis Legacy Program, and much, much more!!

View, print, or download your copy by clicking here!

Join WSWDC Now or Renew Your Membership for 2015!

Join WSWDC now or renew your membership for 2015 -- and please consider giving a gift membership to a friend or two!

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. WSWDC thanks you for your continued 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!

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.

Issachah is one of America’s most promising young tenors. He has studied with the Dolora Zajick Institute for Young Dramatic Voices and is a protégé of the Wagner Society of Washington DC. Click here to view his recital at the Kennedy Center on June 2, 2013.

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.

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.

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.

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!