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!

Issachah Savage Interview on WETA!

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! 

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!

Issachah Savage Makes Canadian Debut in Die Walküre!

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

Click here and here for additional details, and click here to view Issachah's website!

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!

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 (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!

The Ring in 2-1/2 Minutes!

Hilarious video for those with short attention spans.

New Book: Quo Vadis, Wagner?

The Wagner Society of Washington DC is proud to publish Chairman Jim Holman's latest book, Quo Vadis, Wagner? Approaching the Bicentennial. A collection of essays by distinguished Wagner analysts, the book examines the question of Wagner's place in the 21st century from a number of different perspectives. Contributor's include Leon Botstein, Barry Millington, Thomas Grey, Saul Lilienstein and a dozen others. The book is a significant contribution to Wagner studies as we approach the bicentennial of the composer's birth.

Click here to look at the table of contents and introduction.

The book is available through the Wagner Society of Washington DC. Use the payment form below to get your copy!

 

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