1st Annual American Wagner Project Concert!

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 3:00 pm
National Cathedral School
3612 Woodley Rd, NW, Washington, DC
Parking garage available on premises

The American Wagner Project, a partnership between WSWDC and Dolora Zajick's Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, is now in its second year. Our first graduate, tenor Issachah Savage, has had many successes: debuting as Siegmund in the Canadian Opera Company's Ring, performing at the Met, and winning three prizes at this past summer's International Wagner Competition. He will sing the title role in the National Philharmonic Orchestra's concert performance of Wagner's Rienzi this coming October.

Our inaugural AWP Concert will feature three young Wagnerian graduates of the AWP program: Lauren Decker (mezzo soprano), Gregory Frens (tenor), and Eudora Brown (soprano). They will perform selections from Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Tannhäuser, and Die Meistersinger.

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AWP Concert 2015


Heath Lees: The Music of the Ring and the Life Cycle of an Audience

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 7:30 pm
812 7th Street, NW, Washington DC

In this presentation, Heath Lees, Emeritus Professor of Music at Auckland University, New Zealand, will show how the music of Wagner's Ring increases in complexity and effect, and in doing so, nurtures the growth of an audience: from "baby" states in the opening measures of Das Rheingold, through adolescence in Die Walküre, through a kind of sympathetic parenthood in Siegfried, to the rich, closing memories of aged grandparents in Brünnhilde's final monologue in Götterdämmerung.

This lecture is FREE and open to the public. No RSVP is necessary.

Colleen Daly: Art Song Discovery

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 6:30pm
Music Room at the Phillips Collection
1600 21st St NW, Washington, DC

Colleen Daly, a protégé of Evelyn Lear, is making her professional recital debut under the auspices of Vocal Arts DC. Her solo recital, entitled "Art Song Discovery," is inspired by paintings exhibited in the permanent collection at the museum, and these paintings will be featured during the performance.

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Vocal Arts DC Presents Karen Cargill, Mezzo-Soprano!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 7:30 pm
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill makes her Washington debut in recital with pianist Simon Lepper, performing works by Wagner, Grieg, and both Gustav and Alma Mahler, just prior to making her Carnegie Hall debut. Esteemed by such conductors as James Levine, Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin for both her deep velvet voice and intelligent musicianship, Ms. Cargill is in constant demand for appearances in opera and concert throughout Europe and North America. Among many prestigious engagements during the 2014-15 season, she returns to the Metropolitan Opera for Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg conducted by Maestro Levine.

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Issachah Savage Is at the Met!

Issachah Savage, the first graduate of the American Wagner Project, recently debuted as Don Riccardo in the Metropolitan Opera's current production of Verdi's Ernani. Performances will run through April 11. Click here and here for some great photos of Issachah in costume!

Jennifer Wilson Sings Title Role in Turandot!

Jennifer Wilson, an alumna of WSWDC's Emerging Singers Program (now the American Wagner Project), is making her official debut singing the title role in Puccini's Turandot at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples! Click here for the announcement and here for additional details about the production!

Royal Opera House Presents Der fliegende Holländer!

Three area theaters will present screenings of the Royal Opera House production of Der fliegende Holländer this month! Bryn Terfel sings the role of the Dutchman in this modern-dress production by Tim Albery.

Angelika Film Center & Café at Mosaic
2911 District Avenue, Fairfax, VA
Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 pm
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Bethesda Row Cinema
7235 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD
Sunday, March 29, 11:00 am
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Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market
550 Penn Street NE, Washington, DC
Tuesday, March 31, 7:00 pm
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Wagner in der Wildnis 2015

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.

Wagner in der Wildnis 2015
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Dolora Zajick Article in Sunday (Feb 15) Washington Post!

On  Sunday, February 15, the Washington Post contained an extensive article on mezzo soprano Dolora Zajick--WSWDC's valued partner in the American Wagner Project. The article mentioned WSWDC, the AWP, and WSWDC protégé Issachah Savage, who will sing the title role in Wagner's rarely-performed Rienzi at Strathmore on October 3. (WSWDC is partnering with the National Philharmonic Orchestra to make this concert production possible.)

Click here to read the article by Post classical music critic Anne Midgette!

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!