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Wagner Society of New York Lohengrin seminar!

Wagner Society of New York is presenting a half-day seminar on Lohengrin! Program is in-person and live-streamed. WSWDC favorite Jeffrey Swann will be one of the presenters, along with cast members from the Metropolitan Opera's new production. You won't want to miss it!

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Wagner Society of New York Lohengrin seminar!
Wagner Society of New York Lohengrin seminar!


Mar 19, 2023, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

In person & live stream!


The Wagner Society of New York presents a half-day Lohengrin Seminar on Sunday, March 19, 2023, 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia, highlighting the Wagner opera being staged by the Metropolitan Opera in February and March 2023. The Seminar will feature presentations by  Wagner specialists Katherine Syer and Jeffrey Swann, and an interview  with director François Girard. Additionally, Victoria Bond will  interview several Met singers, musicians, and artists who are performing  in Lohengrin.

Pricing: Live In-Person:  (general admission)

WSNY members (use discount code wsnymember): $60

Non-members: $85

Students: $10

VIP patrons: $200 with reserved seating 

Livestream: $30   

Reservations: Location information and registration links are on the WSNY web site

Lohengrin Seminar Schedule

12:00 noon    Introduction: Victoria Bond, Moderator   

12:05 - 12:55    Prof. Katherine Syer: "Wagner's Lohengrin: Blending Art &  Life, On Stage and Off", and interview with director François Girard   

1:05 - 1:55    Met Cast Roundtable (speakers below)   

2:05 - 3:00    Met Orchestra Musicians (speakers below)   

3:10 - 4:00    "Good and Evil: The Musical Duality of Lohengrin" talk with piano accompaniment by Jeffrey Swann, Ph.D.

Covid protocols: see Symphony Space information. Food and beverages are not provided. Attendees may bring water. 

Location: The  Leonard Nimoy Thalia is on the lower level of the Peter Norton Symphony  Space, 2537 Broadway & 95th Street (enter on 95th Street), New  York.    

Speakers, Guests, & Presenters:  François Girard, director of the Met's new production, will discuss his concepts and philosophy of the new Lohengrin. He previously directed Wagner operas Der Fliegende Holländer (2020) and Parsifal (2013) there.  

Katherine Syer, PhD is Adjunct Associate Professor, Herb Alpert School of Music, UCLA   and author of books and essays on Wagner. Dr. Syer's lecture will  include visuals of Neuschwanstein, one of three castles built by King  Ludwig II and inspired by Lohengrin.  

Jeffrey Swann, PhD, is known internationally as a concert pianist and lecturer,  particularly on Wagner, and is a professor of piano at NYU Steinhardt.  His presentation will feature live piano excerpts from Lohengrin.   

Victoria Bond, composer and conductor, will be moderator and interviewer for the Seminar.  

The Met Cast Roundtable will include Günther Groissböck and other principal singers in a new production of Lohengrin at the Metropolitan Opera. 

Another panel will feature Met Orchestra musicians, including Jessica Phillips (clarinet), William Short (bassoon), and Jason Haaheim (timpani), as well as Thomas Lausmann, Director of Opera Administration at the Met.    

About the Seminar:  The  Wagner Society of New York's annual seminar, coinciding with a  Metropolitan Opera production,  explores Wagner's operas in depth. WSNY is proud to present this Lohengrin Seminar, their 42nd annual event. This  special half-day program offers a deep-dive into the world of Wagner's  swan knight. Presentations, interviews, and live piano excerpts explore  and illuminate the work. Singers, instrumentalists, and production  artists offer insights into performance practice, interpretation, and  the challenges of their roles. Join your fellow operagoers in hearing  from this widely recognized and engaging roster of presenters.

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