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.

4-CD Set: The Five Great German Romantic Operas with Saul Lilienstein!

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!

German Romantic Opera (4 CDs)

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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New Recording: Re-discovering Richard Wagner Through His Music by Saul Lilienstein

 

A little Wagner music for your stocking? No politics—no Freudian analysis—no arcane discussions of wives, sweethearts, petty hatreds, financial dealings, egocentricities—vegetarianism or choices in satin underwear distracts from the essential core that keeps us going back to Wagner’s Music Dramas: the greatness within the music, the majesty of his artistic conceptions.

Long awaited recording of Saul Lilienstein’s all-day seminar at the Goethe Institut on March 19, 2011.

$40 for the set of four CDs
(includes shipping and handling)

AVAILABLE ONLY THROUGH WSWDC

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