Opera Master Class with Maestro Philippe Auguin!

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 7:00 pm
Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery

Maestro Philippe Auguin, Music Director of the Washington National Opera, will provide expert guidance and direction to emerging artists during this exciting event. Witness how great performers are made, hear some of opera's great voices of tomorrow, and observe the creative process! Click here for additional information and to order tickets online.

The Kennedy Center will host opera master classes with two other great artists early next year:

Dolora Zajick, Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 7:00 pm. Ms. Zajick, 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, Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 7:00 pm. Mr. Owens 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!

A Conversaton on Wagner

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 7:30 pm
Goethe-Institut, 812 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Metro to Gallery Place on Red, Green, and Yellow Lines
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Look forward to a lively and intriguing discussion--complete with video and audio clips--between Joe Horowitz and Saul Lilienstein, inquiring into Wagner’s continued (and controversial) pertinence as thinker and composer, including his influence on Mahler. WSWDC Chairman Jim Holman moderates these two notable Wagnerians, both renowned as scholars and musicians, in their shared insights on the music and personality of the great composer and the world he changed. Click here for additional details.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Co-sponsored with the Goethe-Institut.

Lecture -- A Feminist Perspective on Opera: Der fliegende Holländer

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7:30 pm
Goethe-Institut, 812 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Metro to Gallery Place on Red, Green, and Yellow Lines
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Scholar and longtime WSWDC member Courtney W. Howland joins us to discuss themes from her new book, A Feminist Perspectiv​e on Opera Interpreta​tion: The Case of Richard Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer. In her insightful study, Ms. Howland develops a feminist analytic framework for interpreting opera and uses Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer as a case study. Click here for additional information and to order the book from Amazon!

This lecture is FREE and open to the public. Co-sponsored with the Goethe-Institut.

Ms. Howland is the inaugural Research Scholar at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, Barnard College, Columbia University.

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!