The American Wagner Project and Institute for Young Dramatic Voices
Reinforcing our Commitment
In 2012, with the passing of Evelyn Lear, the Society entered into a partnership with the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, founded in 2006 by Dolora Zajick, Rosemary Matthews, and Sarah Agler. This partnership, called the American Wagner Project, will continue to support the ongoing training of future Wagnerian singers as well as present annual Wagner concerts in Washington along with a series of symposia. The great Wagnerian and voice teacher, Luana DeVol, is the Artistic Director of the American Wagner Project and heads the German program at the Institute. The Wagner Society’s John Edward Niles serves as director. The Society provides support for Ms. DeVol to coach the German repertoire and provide acting and language instruction. Issachah Savage, who recently performed a solo concert at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, is the first singer under the American Wagner Project.
Hunter Enoch, Baritone
Hunter Enoch was a 2015 member of the WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Program for young singers and appeared in several WNO productions, including Silent Night. At our 2018 Institute, he sang for the Verdi Master Class with Ms. Zajick, and the Wagner Master Class with Ms. DeVol. He was selected
to sing Kurwenal in the National Symphony Orchestra’s Tristan und Isolde November 13 and 15 at the Kennedy Center.