Click here to read the article in Washington National Opera's blog, WNO Notebook!
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!
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!
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 Rheingold, Tannhäuser, 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, 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!
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
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!
WSWDC is proud to have Jay Hunter Morris as one of the many accomplished alumni of our Emerging Singers Program (now the American Wagner Project). 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!
Hilarious video for those with short attention spans.
No Wagner library is complete without this four-CD recording of Maestro Saul Lilienstein's all-day seminar at the Goethe-Institut on March 23, 2013. Maestro Lilienstein traced the development of German Romantic opera through a detailed analysis of the music of five great works: Beethoven's Fidelio, Weber's Der Freischütz, and Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer, Tannhäuser, and Lohengrin.
Click here to view a flyer and use the form below to order online!