Metropolitan Opera streaming Lohengrin on April 19th!

April 16, 2021

The Metropolitan Opera will be streaming their 1986 production of Lohengrin on April 19th, beginning at 7:30 pm Eastern. If you plan on joining us for our Wagner Virtual Weekends in June, watching this will be a great way to refresh your knowledge or get to know the opera if it is new to you. Details are available on the Met's web site,

We hope you enjoyed Wagner  and God!

April 16, 2021

We hope you enjoyed Wagner and God, hosted by Maestro Saul Lilienstein; please check our "Past Events" page for a link to a recording of this fascinating discussion!

Saul Lilienstein, a recipient of the Society's Wagner Award, is well-known to DC-area opera lovers.  He has shared his expertise on a wide variety of Wagner-related topics with us.  In 2020 he presented a webinar on "Fantasy and Reality in Wagner's Music Dramas."  That lecture is available for re-viewing here.  

San Francisco Opera Ring Festival begins on March 5th!

February 25, 2021

The San Francisco Opera will be streaming their Ring Cycle in March, free of charge! They are also making lots of additional content available for an additional fee. Details available on their web site, and by clicking here.

The Wagner Society of England announces a full slate of Zoom events for 2021!

January 17, 2021

The Wagner Society of England has been holding a number of Zoom

interviews and lectures with many of the leading Wagnerian artists of

today and from the past 50 years, recent artists have included: Nina

Stemme, Brigitte Fassbaender, Stephen Gould, Sir John Tomlinson, Dame

Felicity Palmer, Dame Anne Evans, Dame Ann Murray, Rosalind Plowright,

Professor John Deathridge, Professor Raymond Holden, Dr Roger Allen,


This year they have upcoming talks by Stephen Brown (a 7 part series about

"Wagner at the Met from 1901-present), Jeffery McMillan on the Met

Database and Parsifal performance in the U.S and also American writer-

Paul Thomason on a variety of subjects (dates for Paul will be put on

the website shortly).

Be sure to take look at their website; a listing of events is also available in the attached document.

News from Bayreuth!

January 4, 2021

Katharina Wagner, Director of the Bayreuth Festival, has revealed initial plans for 2021. There will be fewer performances than usual, but the season will feature a new production of Der Fliegende Holländer with Oksana Lyniv, the first female conductor in festival history.  It will also include revivals of Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg and Tannhäuser.  Up to three performances of Die Walküre may also be possible.  Plans for 2022 include Lohengrin, and a new production of the complete Der Ring des Nibelungen by Valentin Schwarz.  We do not yet have any information about ticket availability, and will let you know as soon as we do. 

Triangle Wagner Society upcoming Zoom events!

December 7, 2020

Our friends at the Triangle Wagner Society have lined up six events for 2021. Please check their website for more details and to register! 

  • Sunday, January 10, 2021, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.: Bryan Gilliam will present on "Tragedy, Epic, and Siegfried's Funeral Music in Götterdämmerung."

  • Sunday, February 7, 2021, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: An Afternoon with Soprano Alexandra LoBianco.

  • Sunday, February 21, 2021, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.: Mark Evan Bonds, Ph.D., will present on “Hearing Music as Autobiography, from Beethoven to Wagner.”

  • Sunday, March 7, 2021, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: An Afternoon with Baritone Sherrill Milnes.

  • Sunday, April 18, 2021, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.: Jeff Buller will present on “Man Goes on a Journey, or A Stranger Comes to Town: The Theme of the Journey in Wagner.”

  • Saturday, May 15, 2021, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.: Maestro William Curry will present on “Wagner and Antisemitism.”

Our 2020 Newsletter is here!

August 31, 2020

We are pleased to announce the publication of our 2020 newsletter, available here.

July 21, 2020

Father Owen Lee -- He was revered by hundreds as a Catholic Basilian priest, esteemed by thousands as a Professor of Classics, and treasured by millions around the world for his three decades of brilliant radio broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera.

To mark the first anniversary of Father Lee's death (Saturday, July 25), Wagner scholar Iain Scott -- a close friend and associate of Father Lee -- has launched a new memorial website to honor his legacy.

The site contains seven video interviews, four audio playlists of his Metropolitan Opera broadcasts, some brief descriptions of his 21 books, and a selection of documents, both by and about him.

I hope you will find that it appropriately celebrates a great man.

Requiescas in pace, good Father.


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