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  • Title: RICHARD WAGNER SOCIETY OF NEW YORK
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    Descriptive info: A Member of the.. Richard Wagner Verband International..

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  • Title: Wagner Society of New York
    Descriptive info: Welcome to the Wagner Society of New York.. To view information about the Society (celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2012 and the largest in this continent), upcoming events, membership, excerpts from our bimonthly publication.. Wagner Notes.. , our extensive catalogue of Wagner-related books (with member discounts), and links to many other Wagner organizations and institutions, please click on the buttons.. A secure online form is available for membership and some events.. If you are a non member, join now to receive many Society benefits, including the bimonthly publication.. Wagner.. Notes.. , free admission to regular programs, discounted fees for special programs, group sales, and the opportunity to apply for Bayreuth Festival tickets (click.. here.. for Bayreuth Ticket Policies - 2013, which includes an update on 2013 ticket issues).. The Bayreuth English language lecture series has been suspended for 2013 due to no ticket allocations; we hope to resume it in 2014.. For information on all Society matters, please email.. wagnerring@aol.. com.. WAGNER ON THE AIR:.. Wagner Week on WQXR:.. Monday, July 22 - July 28: music and commentary on his life and works.. Plus full Ring cycles and other full Wagner operas on their.. Operavore stream.. online (four different Ring cycles) and on their.. mobile app.. See their website for full details.. http://www.. wqxr.. org/#!/articles/wqxr-features/2013/jul/22/wagner-week-life-richard-wagner/.. Bayreuth broadcasts.. begin Thursday, July 25 with.. Der fliegende Holländer.. The new Bayreuth production of the Ring Cycle (dir.. Frank Castorf, cond.. Mikhail Petrenko) begins on Friday, July 26.. BBC Proms.. : presentations of all of the major Wagner operas except for.. Dutchman.. ,.. Rienzi.. , and.. Meistersinger.. Beginning with the Ring Cycle (Barenboim conducting).. Das Rheingold..  ...   events.. Metropolitan Opera Orchestra receives Anton Seidl Award from the Wagner Society of New York.. Metropolitan Opera Orchestra concertmaster David Chan accepted the prestigious award from WSNY President Nathalie D.. Wagner at a special ceremony on May 17.. Many of the orchestra players attended, as did Met General Manager Peter Gelb.. Read More.. Nathalie Wagner and David Chan.. New YouTube clips:.. Maestro Fabio Luisi.. , May 7, 2013: complete audio of interview, with photos: observations on Wagner and on conducting Wagner.. Host: Margaret Juntwait.. Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Seidl Award presentation.. Updates to Wagner 2013 page.. The page includes announcements of celebrations, conferences, and performances that are taking place in the bicentenary year of Wagner's birth.. A number of new announcements and performances have been added and are noted.. Wagner in the U.. S.. and Canada: 2012-2013.. Click.. for a comprehensive list of performances (and performers, if known) of Wagner operas on these shores.. The list will be updated as new information is received.. You don't have to go abroad to hear and see great performances.. Bayreuth Ticket Allocation Issue.. NO ALLOCATIONS TO WAGNER SOCIETIES IN 2013: a decision of the German federal government.. For background: click.. for a summary in the June 2012 issue of.. Go to the.. page for an extended article in theFebruary 2012 issue of.. Wagner Society of New York.. P.. O.. Box 230949, Ansonia Station.. New York, NY 10023-0949.. Phone: (212) 749-4561; Fax: (212) 749-1542.. E-mail:.. WagnerRing@aol.. E-mail Links:.. Wagner Society.. or.. WSNY Webmeister.. Press inquiries: 212 749-4561.. Privacy Policy.. You are visitor:.. The Wagner Society of New York has been voted.. Best if viewed using Internet Explorer..

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    Descriptive info: From.. Rackham s Color Illustrations for Wagner s Ring.. The Wagner Society of New York, Inc.. , is a not-for-profit organization chartered in New York State for the purpose of furthering the appreciation and performance of the works of the great composer.. Our members come from throughout the United States, Canada, and many other countries.. The Society maintains a broad range of international contacts and is a member of the International Richard Wagner Association.. The Wagner Society of New York celebrated its 35th anniversary year in 2012, and we are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Wagner's birth in 2013, with many events.. Monthly Society programs.. include lectures, films, receptions, interviews, book signings, symposia, and more, all designed to keep attendees au courant.. The Society also sponsors three highly regarded series:.. The Recital Series.. presents young and exciting Wagnerian singers in recital.. Additionally, the Society awards grants to selected promising singers each season, in order to assist them in the early stages of their careers and thereby promote the quality of future Wagner performances.. For information on WSNY Singer programs, click on.. Singers Awards.. page.. The Commemorative Series.. celebrates the memory of past artists in the Wagner repertoire with the goal of keeping the tradition fresh a confirmation for those who  ...   the Society offers you the opportunity to play an active role in making things happen, while at the same time meeting a diverse group of fellow Wagnerians all devoted to furthering the Society s motto:.. to learn, to teach, to share.. Board of Directors of the Wagner Society of New York:.. Officers:.. President: Nathalie D.. Vice President: Kit Gill.. Secretary:.. Timothy J.. Butts.. Registrar: John W.. McCarthy.. Treasurer: Mark L.. Villamar.. Members-at-large:.. Norma J.. Arnold, German A.. Bravo-Casas,.. Joan Drelich,.. Catherine Jestice,.. Danila S.. Mendoza, Jeannie Williams.. Other key personnel:.. Bayreuth Coordinator: Dr.. Claudia Deutschmann.. International Wagner Association Representative: Dr.. Hannelore Wilfert.. Leipzig Verband Liaison: Dr.. Publisher: Harry L.. Singers Committee Chairman.. : Scott Carlton.. Consultant.. : Ken Benson.. Coordinator of hearings and grants for singers:.. Scott Carlton.. Webmeister: Michael Falco.. Advisory Board:.. The following list includes recent additions to our Advisory Board.. They are invited on the basis of their special contributions to opera and Wagner, both in performance and scholarship.. Ken Benson, Ingrid Budde, Plácido Domingo, Mignon Dunn, Speight Jenkins, Mrs.. George London, Christa Ludwig, Prof.. Bryan Magee, Maestro Eve Queler, Prof.. Hans Rudolf Vaget, Prof.. Nicholas Vazsonyi, Prof.. Simon Williams, Francesca Zambello.. (Messrs.. Magee, Vaget, and Williams have been lecturers in our Bayreuth English-language lecture series.. )..

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  • Title: Wagner Society Events: Current and Retrospective
    Descriptive info: Retrospective of the 2012-2013 Season.. Retrospective of the 2011-2012 Season.. Retrospective of the 2010-2011 Season.. Retrospective of the 2009-2010 Season.. Retrospective of the 2008-2009 Season.. Retrospective of the 2007-2008 Season.. Retrospective of the 2006-2007 Season.. Retrospective of the 2005-2006 Season.. Retrospective of the 2004-2005 Season.. Retrospective of the 2003-2004 Season.. Retrospective of the 2002-2003 Season.. For a retrospective of earlier seasons, please consult our publication.. Annals of the Wagner Society of New York, 1977–2002, 25th Anniversary Edition.. Available from the Society; see.. Catalogue.. Anton Seidl Award Presentation.. The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra received the Anton Seidl Award from the Wagner Society of New York on May 17, in a private presentation in Manhattan.. David Chan, one of two Met concertmasters, accepted the large framed scroll from Nathalie D.. Wagner, WSNY president.. Robert Sirinek also received special recognition for his service; he joined the orchestra as trumpet player in 1977 and became orchestra manager in 1986.. Many of the players, plus many Society members and special guests, attended the event, at which Peter Gelb, Met general manager, praised the best opera orchestra in the world.. Every orchestra member received a copy of the scroll.. The award, given in the Richard Wagner bicentennial year, recognizes the orchestra’s enormous contribution to the presentation of Wagner’s operas at the Met.. It is named in honor of Anton Seidl, who conducted the premieres of most Wagner operas at the Met and in Philadelphia and was New York's leading symphonic conductor before his death here in 1898.. Inaugurated in 1997, the Anton Seidl Award was given first to Met music director James Levine, followed by Birgit Nilsson and Jon Vickers, James Morris, Speight Jenkins, Otto Schenk and Günther Schneider-Siemssen, and, in 2010, Plácido Domingo.. A video clip of the presentation may be viewed on the WSNY YouTube Channel.. Peter Gelb, MET General Manager.. Robert Sirinek and Nathalie Wagner.. Will Berger, host, holding scroll.. Photos: Neil Friedman.. Email:.. Retrospective of 2012-2013 season.. Sept.. 21.. Summer 2012 in Bayreuth, Munich, and Frankfurt: Panel, visuals, and audio clips.. Oct.. 17.. Centennial Tribute to Sir Georg Solti.. Panel: Lady Valerie Solti (guest of honor), Hans Boon and Harvey Sachs; moderated by F.. Paul Driscoll.. PowerPoint presentation.. Nov.. 28.. Francesca Zambello (General Artistic Director, Glimmerglass Festival): “Painting on a Large Canvas.. the Great Epics”;.. at Glimmerglass.. Dec.. 14.. Opera Australia: reception and presentation on the Melbourne Ring and Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.. Jan.. 3, 2013.. Reception in honor of Iréne Theorin, Bayreuth and Metropolitan Opera soprano: an event for special contributor members.. 5.. Holiday Recital: Amy Yekel (soprano), Adam Herskowitz (tenor), and Mitchell Cirker (piano).. Feb.. 24.. Parsifal.. Seminar: Major scholars and Met Cast Roundtable.. March 6.. Asher Fisch, conductor of the 2013 Seattle Ring.. March 18.. Boston Lyric Opera: David Angus, Music Director, on their original version of.. April–May: Met Ring: ancillary events.. April 25 and May 4.. Receptions and.. dinners.. Dialogues.. April 26: Jonathan Khuner (Met assistant conductor and prompter); May 7: Fabio Luisi, Met principal conductor and Ring conductor.. May 5.. “Rhine Journey on the Hudson”: lunch cruise in New York harbor.. May 17.. Presentation of Anton Seidl Award to the Met Orchestra, with reception.. June 30.. Group excursion to Princeton Festival: Lecture by Jeffrey Swann and.. matinee.. July 18-19.. Group trip to Glimmerglass Festival for.. and.. Camelot.. August.. Attendance at Bayreuth Festival.. Retrospective of 2011-2012 Season.. September 23.. Bayreuth Festival: Visuals, audio clips, and panel: John J.. H.. Muller (moderator), Scott Carlton, and Simon Frisch.. October.. Link with Met and Met Opera Guild events featuring.. November 14.. Liszt recital, with commentary, by Jeffrey Swann, Ph.. D.. December 7.. Interview and reception with Jonas Kaufmann (tenor) in his honor.. With visuals.. January 8, 2012.. Holiday Musicale: Lori Guilbeau (soprano) and Christopher Cano (piano).. January 23.. : A Discussion.. Maestro Eve Queler and.. soloists: Geraldine Chauvet (mezzo) and Elisabeth Matos (soprano).. January 27.. Group sale for.. Rienz.. i: concert performance by Opera Orchestra of NY.. February 5.. Seminar: Scholars: Marian Burleigh-Motley, Will Crutchfield, Ryan Minor, Joe Pearce, Hilan Warshaw; Met Cast Roundtable: Katarina Dalayman, Wendy Bryn Harmer, Hans-Peter König, Jay Hunter Morris, Iain Paterson.. March 27.. Opera in HD: A Panel Discussion.. Hilan Warshaw, moderator; Panelists: Heidi Waleson, Dr.. Brian Large, and Eric Owens.. April 26–May 10.. Met Ring cycles: ancillary events (receptions, dinners, exhibits, lectures).. May 6.. “Rhine Journey on the Hudson”: lunch cruise in lower New York harbor.. May 22.. Interview with Nina Stemme (soprano) and Mark Delavan (baritone); Margaret Juntwait, host; reception in celebration of Wagner’s 199th birthday and 35th anniversary of the Wagner Society of New York.. August 24–28.. Bayreuth Festival attendance and English language lectures sponsored by WSNY; John J.. Muller, 2012 lecturer.. Retrospective of 2010-2011 Season.. September 15.. Robert Lepage: A Conversation on his Ring production.. September 24.. Bayreuth Lohengrin and LA Ring.. Panel, visuals, and audio clips.. October 15.. Prof.. Nicholas Vazsonyi (University of SC): Richard Wagner: Self-Promotion and the Making of a Brand.. With visuals and booksigning.. October 31.. Nancy Ellison: Entering Wagner's World on her book of photos, Wagner's Eternal Ring.. November 17.. Francesca Zambello: The Bridge to Valhalla on her production of the San Francisco Ring and the Glimmerglass Festival.. December 3.. Jeffrey Langford (Manhattan School of Music):.. Pelléas et Mélisande.. and the Exorcism of Wagner.. January 9, 2011.. Holiday Musicale: Meagan Miller, soprano (Robert Lauch Endowed Fund awardee) and William Hobbs, pianist.. January 18.. Guided tour of Joseph Urban exhibit at Columbia University.. Dan Sherman: Wagner at the Met since 1883.. Reception for Stuart Skelton (Drum Major in Met production of Wozzeck, Robert Lauch Memorial Fund awardee).. A Meet the Artist event for special contributors.. April 8.. Waltraud Meier (Bayreuth Festival and Met Opera Marie in Wozzeck): interview and reception in her honor.. May 1.. Annual Seminar on Die Walküre during the Met run.. Distinguished scholars (Edward Haymes, Joe Pearce, Jeffrey Swann, Hilan Warshaw) and Met cast roundtable.. Screening of film on Siegfried Wagner and Wagner's 198th birthday celebration.. June 14.. Annual business meeting, followed by encore of excerpts from Waltraud Meier program.. August 24-28.. Bayreuth Festival: English language lectures sponsored by WSNY; John Muller, 2011 lecturer.. Retrospective of 2009-2010 season.. September 25.. Bayreuth 2009 and Bard Music Festival (Wagner and His World).. October 25.. Patrice Chéreau on Chéreau: 1976 Bayreuth Ring and his other oeuvre.. November 13.. Reception in honor of Sir Willard White, for special contributors.. December 9.. Mattia Battistini, King of Baritones and Baritone of Kings by Jacques Chuilon and  ...   Arthur.. “Ghosting for the Stars.. ” Co-biographer with Astrid Varnay, Hans Hotter, and James King.. With rare footage and musical examples.. November 17: Stuart Skelton, heldentenor.. Reception and interview.. December 6: William Berger, author and lecturer.. “Evolution of the Gesamtkunst.. January 1, 2006: New Year’s Day Musicale: Recital by Barbara Quintiliani, soprano, and Andrew Gangestad, bass.. February 24: Prof.. Simon Williams, University of California, Santa Barbara.. “Coming to Terms with History: Wagner, Nietzsche, and the Ring.. February 27, March 27, April 24, and May 1: “Wagner Our Contemporary.. ” Four provocative programs with superb soloists, including WSNY’s Lauch Awardee and Met soprano Marjorie Elinor Dix.. Presented by French Institute Alliance Française.. March 9: Special contributors’ event.. Lohengrin DVD (Vienna State Opera)– excerpts, commentary, performances by grantees Andrew Gangestad and Gary Lehman, and champagne reception.. March 27, April 24, and May 1:.. “Wagner Our Contemporary.. ” Provocative programs with superb soloists, including WSNY’s Lauch Memorial Grant Awardee and Met soprano Marjorie Elinor Dix.. April 7: Professor Boris Gasparov, Columbia University.. “Shostakovich’s Fifteenth Symphony and the Semiology of Siegfried’s Death.. April 23: Annual Seminar: The Grail Operas.. Speakers: Professors Joseph Goering, William Kinderman, Katherine Syer, and Benjamn Korstvedt, Joe Pearce; Met Cast Roundtable, hosted by F.. Peter Phillips, moderator; Luana DeVol (Ortrud), Kelly Cae Hogan (Elsa cover), Greer Grimsley (Telramund), and Simon O’Neill (Lohengrin cover).. May 21: Memorial tribute to James King, and birthday tributes to Mr.. King and Richard Wagner ((May 22) and Birgit Nilsson (May 17).. August 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 25, and 27.. Bayreuth Festival English Language Lectures.. Jeffrey Swann, DMA.. September 22:.. Bayreuth 2004.. Visuals, tapes, and panel discussion by attendees: Felicia Bonaparte, Eugene Brister, Verena Kossodo, and Thurmond Smithgall.. Moderator: F.. Peter Phillips.. October 15: Dr.. Oswald Georg Bauer, lecturer.. United are Love and Spring.. November 23: Prof.. Michael Beckerman, lecturer.. The Not Too Long and Somewhat Strange Story of How Dvorak Came to Choose Wagner over Brahms.. Celebration of the centennial of Dvorak's death.. December 5:.. Tannhäuser Seminar.. Speakers: Prof.. Robert Bailey, Prof.. Stephen R.. Cerf, Joe Pearce; Met Cast Roundtable, hosted by Robert J.. Sweeney), moderator: Michelle DeYoung, Mark Lundberg (Tannhäuser cover), Charles Taylor (Biterolf).. Production panel discussion, hosted by Peter Allen: Phoebe Berkowitz (Tannhäuser stage director), Steve Brown (Met company manager), Diana Levy (ballet director), Sylvia Nolan (costume director).. January 2: Holiday Musicale: Recital by Charles Taylor, Met Opera baritone (WSNY Robert Lauch Award recipient, 2004).. January 22: Joe Pearce.. Tannhäuser.. and the Windgassen Family.. February 10: 1912 silent film The Life of Richard Wagner (digitally remastered in DVD format with soundtrack) and discussion of film by Dr.. Paul Fryer.. March 11: Mark Lundberg, heldentenor.. Recital, interview, and dinner (a benefit for the WSNY Singers Fund).. March 18: Speight Jenkins.. The 2005 Seattle Opera Ring.. With presentation of Anton Seidl Award to Mr.. Jenkins.. April 27: 2-hour documentary on Astrid Varnay, Donald Collup: “Never before: The Life and ‘First' New York Career of Astrid Varnay”.. May 22: Wagner Birthday Celebration on his 192.. nd.. birthday.. June 9: New York Philharmonic concert, Lorin Maazel conductor.. Wagner: Siegfried Idyll; Berg: Seven Early Songs (Deborah Voigt); Bruckner Symphony No.. 3.. August 23, 24, 26, 27, and 28: Bayreuth English-language Lectures.. Jeffrey Buller, Ph.. October 2: Jeffrey Swann, Ph.. and the Mystic Experience.. November 7: Craig Knobles and Prof.. Felicia Bonaparte.. ” Multimedia lecture on.. in literature, art, and performance.. November 14: Adrienne Dugger, soprano; Craig Ketter, pianist.. Recital, interview with slides of.. Der Fliegende Holländer.. (Bayreuth), and dinner.. December 13: Prof.. Hugh Macdonald.. “Berlioz and Wagner: Master Sculptor and Master Singer.. December 20: Reception in honor of John Tomlinson, bass, for special contributor members.. January 4: Holiday Musicale: Recital with Jennifer Wilson, soprano, and Roxanne Rowedder, mezzo; Thomas Bagwell, pianist.. January 14: Prof.. Edward R.. Haymes.. “The Two Rings: Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Wagner’s Ring Cycle.. February 10.. Maestro Pierre Boulez.. Interview and reception.. March 17 24.. Alan Wagner.. Mini-course on the Ring.. Co-sponsored by the Society and City University of New York Graduate Center.. April 4: Reception in honor of Siegfried Jerusalem, tenor, for special contributor members.. April 25:.. Speakers: Dr.. Árni Björnsson, Prof.. Patrick McCreless, Erick Neher, Joe Pearce, and Alan Wagner.. Met Cast Roundtable: Yvonne Naef (Fricka), Philip Langridge (Loge) and Richard Paul Fink (Alberich).. Moderator: Lew Grenville.. Met Ring Cycles: special events:.. April 26 29, May 3 6.. Hospitality Suites: Reception and boutique for Met Ring attendees.. April 26 May 3.. Dinners for Met Ring attendees.. April 27.. Reception in honor of Dr.. Árni Björnsson, author of.. Wagner and the Volsungs.. , and book signing, co-hosted with Icelandic Consulate General.. Philip Kitcher, co-author, with Prof.. Richard Schacht, of.. Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner’s Ring.. Luncheon-lecture and book signing.. May 7.. Rhine Journey on the Hudson and presentation of the Anton Seidl Award to James Morris.. June 6.. American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein, conductor.. Wagner's.. Das Liebesmahl der Apostel.. and other choral works by Liszt and Mendelssohn.. Group attendance.. August 20-28.. Jeffrey L.. Buller, Ph.. September 17: Berlin Festtage: Roundtable discussion by attendees.. October 11: Jess Thomas Commemoration.. Luana DeVol, Mignon Dunn, Martin Bernheimer, Victor Thomas, Violeta Thomas.. October 23: Maestro Leon Botstein and Henry-Louis de La Grange.. Mahler and Opera.. December 13: Professor Hans Rudolf Vaget.. The Great Survivor: Richard Strauss in the Course of Time.. January 5: Holiday Musicale with Jennifer Roderer, mezzo-soprano, and Patrick Marques, tenor; Thomas Bagwell, pianist.. January 9: Conversation with Director Otto Schenk.. January 18: New York Philharmonic: Wagner and Strauss program; Jane Eaglen, soloist.. January 24: Sir Peter Jonas and Maestro Zubin Mehta.. “The Power of Emotions—350 Years of Opera in Munich.. ” Co-presentation with German Consulate and Bayerische Staatsoper.. February 16: “Discovering Siegfried Wagner.. ” Symposium speakers: Xavier Nicolás and Professor Peter P.. Pachl.. Recorded excerpts of S.. Wagner’s operas and other compositions; premiere of 60-minute DVD documentary of his life and works by Jordi Nin.. March 14:Paul Taylor Dance Company’s opening night performance, featuring “Roses” set to “Siegfried Idyll.. ” Group attendance.. March 18: Ward Marston, restoration producer.. “Reclaiming the Heritage”: highlighting his restoration of the 1936 Teatro Colón.. April 6:.. Peggy McCracken, Prof.. William Kinderman, and Prof.. Katherine Syer, Joe Pearce, and Alan Wagner.. Met Cast Roundtable: Violeta Urmana (Kundry), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Eric Halfvarson (Titurel), and Falk Struckmann (Amfortas).. April 22: Prof.. Boris Gasparov and Prof.. Hans Rudolf Vaget.. “Between Music and Autobiography.. May 23: Wagner Birthday Party.. August 20-28: Bayreuth English-Language Lecture Series..

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  • Title: Wagner Society of New York
    Descriptive info: Membership: A Great Value with Many Rewards.. Free admission to monthly programs.. Discounted fees for special events.. Free newsletter.. Discounted book prices.. Group sales.. Opportunity to apply for Bayreuth tickets ($50 dues and up).. (click.. f.. or Bayreuth Ticket Policies - 2013).. Memberships run from September through August.. All dues and.. contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.. Membership form Available online:.. Secure.. membership form is now available online  ...   and you will be redirected to a secure online membership form.. For payments by check, please download form in Adobe® Acrobat® (PDF) format.. If you do not already have Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® on your system, you will need to download it in order to view and print the form.. Click.. to join or renew membership online.. to view and print the membership application.. to download a free copy of Adobe® Acrobat® Reader®..

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  • Title: Wagner Society of New York - Catalogue
    Descriptive info: WSNY Merchandise Catalogue.. The Wagner Society of New York offers an extensive and frequently updated catalogue of materials of special interest to its members and friends.. Most books are discounted for Society members, and some are unobtainable elsewhere.. If a paperback edition of a title is available, that is the one listed here.. Please view and print the catalogue and order form through the link at the end of this  ...   on February 24, 2013.. All prices subject to change without notice.. The catalogue can be viewed and printed in Adobe® Acrobat®(PDF) format.. If you do not already have Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® on your system, you will need to download it in order to view and print the catalogue.. to view and print the catalogue and order form.. You may E-mail the Society for questions regarding an item or an order:at..

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  • Title: Newsletter
    Descriptive info: [The following item is excerpted from the April 2013 issue of.. , the bimonthly publication of the Wagner Society of New York, and is sent free of charge to all Society members.. ©2013.. All rights reserved.. ].. A Post-ecological.. ?.. Metropolitan Opera.. Principals: K.. Dalayman, M.. Zifchak, R.. Brattaberg, J.. Kaufmann, P.. Mattei, R.. Pape.. D.. Gatti, cond.. ; F.. Girard, production; M.. Levine, sets; T.. Vancraenenbroeck, costumes; D.. Finn, lighting; P.. Flaherty, video; C.. Choa, choreography.. Performance of February 15, 2013.. Peter Mattei (Amfortas) and René Pape (Gurnemanz), Parsifal, Act I.. Parsifal photos: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera.. T.. he Metropolitan Opera s new staging of.. , seen at its premiere on February 15, is a disquieting experience: nearly six hours of intense bleakness yearning for a solacing resolution that seems to arrive just in the nick of time.. And yet, on many levels, joy was a constant, certainly not least of all in the generally superb musical performance, but also in the trust we granted debuting stage director, François Girard, to lead us out of the desert and to the healing resolution of the opera s conclusion.. Girard s concept, previously seen at the Opéra National de Lyon (one can only imagine what greater impact it must have in a humanly proportioned theater) is meticulously worked out.. Whether or not one subscribes to all elements of his thought process and priorities, the most important factor is the richness of intention and the latitude Girard gives the individual to follow his or her own way through the action.. No less an achievement is the impressive subtlety of movement, attitude, and utterance he clearly engendered in his superlative cast actor-singers.. There was no hint of the do-your-own-thing self-indulgence that so often reigns at the Met, not least of all in its current major Wagner mountings.. The organic nature of the work of the singers was truly thrilling.. Too much can be made of certain elements of the production: the barren landscape begging to be dubbed post-apocalyptic, or even, very specifically, post-ecological; or the channel in the stage floor that alternately runs water and blood as a graphic divide between the sexes.. While this level of understanding may seem plausible, it is less compelling than the hypo-thesis Girard is after a larger theme of 21st century deracination and helplessness it is still to Girard s credit that he was able to inspire so much questing thought.. The richness of impulse here adds whole new dimensions to the now ancient mystery surrounding Wagner s intentions and underlying philosophy.. Girard s choices throughout are striking and always further his design, much enhanced, as well, by the kind of visual dexterity he has demonstrated in the past as a filmmaker.. The reflective surface lifts to reveal, behind a scrim, a row of men and women in ordinary dress, a continued link to us out front.. The men remove their jackets, ties, and shoes and, taking up their identity as a community, move to a circle of chairs downstage left, only then gradually establishing any connection to the Grail.. The women form a group of silhouetted wraiths upstage right, exiles in this blasted piece of earth cannily devised by Michael Levine (with oppressive, grim, but apt lighting throughout by David Finn).. From the distressed and seemingly undefended tight male nucleus proceeds the essential establishing event of Scene 1: Gurnemanz long monologue relating how the Grail community came to its present equivocal situation.. The appearance of Kundry, Amfortas, and Parsifal upset the brotherhood s attention to Gurnemanz narration, but  ...   when Parsifal holds it aloft.. The trajectory of Act III is remarkable for its use of apparent Christian signposts in their most universal sense.. But instead of making the ritual flow of events into a limiting, closed Christian analog (even the Spear and the Grail itself retain a free-floating significance), Girard succeeds in enveloping us in an inclusive emotional experience.. This is the most ecumenical.. imaginable.. What brilliant execution this performance elicited from its major participants! If Jonas Kaufmann seemed a shade light-voiced in the title role, this was more the fault of the house than of the tenor.. Kaufmann's musical intentions were as exquisite and freighted with meaning as the care he brought to gesture and verbal shaping.. Any kind of exaggeration is clearly anathema to this artist.. Pointed, penetrating sound and.. plastique.. united in a characterization of gravity and commitment.. Briefly bare-chested and submissively triumphant at the end of his pilgrimage of redemption, his every utterance ringing with telling intention, Kaufmann s presence was unforgettable.. Bass René Pape s peerless Gurnemanz has, if anything, grown over the years.. One could, as usual, take dictation from the clarity of his text-readings, but beyond that, there was a newfound warmth in both characterization and richness of vocalization.. Gurnemanz in Pape s hands achieved humility of stature that stood out as his most noble virtue, even greater than his wisdom.. Equally riveting was Peter Mattei s afflicted Amfortas.. The role s demand for ever-increasing suffering was expertly handled and, as with his colleagues, matched by deft and varied physical and vocal expression.. All three male leads were extraordinary exemplars of artistic generosity and skill operating in tandem.. Katarina Dalayman found in Kundry perhaps her most congenial Metropolitan assignment to date.. The part lies well for her, in the center of her mezzo-dramatic soprano capabilities, and the rather insistent, flinty, fretting quality of her timbre itself worked well for both the plaintive lyrical passages and the more fervid moment of near-hysterical declamation.. If she brought no surprising insights to her character, what she contributed was plausible and supportive of the production s vision.. Evgeny Nikitin delivered a Klingsor notable for its absence of hectoring melodramatics.. This fine bass-baritone reminded us that Klingsor had once been a member of the brotherhood and that his will to destroy it was parallel to his will to destroy himself.. The Met orchestra under the direction of Daniele Gatti got off on this occasion to a shaky, worrisome start, with too many imprecise attacks and accident-prone brass articulation.. Gatti s tempi favored broadness, which he did not always manage to justify through the shaping of phrases or calibration of dynamics.. Still, his overall control gained security as the evening wore on and, by Act III, the musical tide reached a state of sweeping inevitability that seemed nothing short of inspired.. At the final curtain calls, cheers rang out for the principals, a few boos for Maestro Gatti and more than quite a few for the production team.. (Booing new productions at the Met has now become as automatic a response as a standing ovation on Broadway.. ) However, in this case, the boos were unmerited.. New York has been given a startlingly thought-provoking and, ultimately, compelling.. keyed to contemporary malaise as much as to eternal preoccupations.. That it was so dazzlingly performed demands a positive verdict on this important operatic occasion.. Harvey Phillips.. Harvey Phillips, a Society member, has reviewed for several publications in addition to.. Jonas Kaufmann (Parsifal) and Katarina Dalayman (Kundry), Parsifal, Act II, Metropolitan Opera..

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  • Title: Wagner Society of New York - Catalogue
    Descriptive info: Multimedia.. The multimedia page will include a variety of Society items of special interest, including photos from Society events and other items.. All video clips from various WSNY programs are now available on the.. WSNY YouTube Channel.. This has several advantages: 1) better video quality; 2) longer length possibility; 3) wider audience and search capability, using search tags; 4) broad marketing possibilities.. WSNY Audio Clips with photos.. ●.. Nina Stemme, soprano, and Mark Delavan, baritone:.. May 22, 2012 interview; Margaret Juntwait, host.. to listen to the complete interview.. Jeffrey Swann lecture.. The Music of.. :.. Finding an End and Closing the Circle, May 3, 2012.. to listen to the complete lecture.. This lecture will also be available as a CD in the WSNY Catalogue.. WSNY Video Clips.. View our video clips, on the.. Maestro Asher Fisch,.. March 6, 2013 (two clips), on the Seattle Ring and Wagner's use of leitmotifs.. Maestro David Angus.. , March 18, 2013, on the Boston Lyric Opera production of.. Jonas Kaufmann: Interview, December 7, 2011.. Video clips; Ken  ...   Stuart Skelton, tenor); and Jeffrey Swann, Prof.. Haymes, and Hilan Warshaw, lecturers.. Waltraud Meier: An Interview and Reception in Her Honor, April 8, 2011.. Robert Lepage: Conversation with Robert Lepage, September 15, 2010;.. clips from his discussion of his approach to the Met's Ring Cycle.. Der fliegende Holländer: Seminar April 25, 2010;.. Met Cast Roundtable Discussion, conductor Maestro Kazushi Ono, and Saul Lilienstein.. Placido Domingo: A Tribute to Placido Domingo, February 3, 2010;.. view interview clips from the multimedia program.. Meagan Miller, soprano, and William Hobbs, piano, January 9, 2010; view a clip from the Holiday Musicale program that they presented.. We will post video clips from our programs as feasible, legally permissible and approved by the speakers.. Visitors to the WSNY YouTube Channel can also view other, Wagner-related videos on other YouTube Channels.. Videos posted on the WSNY YouTube Channel can also be found using Google, other external search engines, or by directly searching on the YouTube website, using tags associated with the videos (any of presenter name, event title, date, and etceteras)..

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  • Title: Wagner Society of New York
    Descriptive info: This new section contains essays and articles of special and lasting interest that could not be included in.. , our bimonthly publication for members.. Check it often for new items.. Solti's Ring Remastered: Ascent to Valhalla or Descent into Nibelheim?.. by Michael Sherwin.. Comments and observations on t.. he 2012 Decca remastered Solti s Ring; an expanded version of a review published in.. , Vol.. XXXVI No.. 3 (June 2013).. Essay by Joe Pearce on Ring recordings.. - How the Solti/Culshaw Ring revolutionized the entire recording industry.. Handout at October 17, 2012 program.. Sir Georg Solti's Discography compiled by Bill Williams.. - Sir Georg Solti's Wagner operas and the reissues of his Ring recording.. Wagner in Australia.. Wagner Arrives in Australia (metaphorically speaking):.. This item was shared in a letter from an Australian member; it is taken from an extended article and talk by Peter Bassett, given to the Wagner Society of Queensland  ...   President Emeritus, International Association of the Wagner Societies (Richard Wagner Verband International e.. V.. , RWVI) and its President, 1991 2009, delivered at the 2009 International Richard Wagner Congress in the Dresden State Theatre, May 17, 2009, in English translation.. Tannhäuser:.. history of performances chart.. compiled by Bill Williams.. As.. Tannhäuser.. was the new production in Bayreuth in 2011, it was discussed at the first program of the Society on Sept.. 23.. A chart giving the complete history of its performances at the Bayreuth Festival from 1891 to 2011, compiled by Bill Williams, was distributed, and it is now shared with the world.. Tribute to Franz Liszt In His Bicentenary Year.. , Marian Frost, lecturer.. Informative lecture for the Richard Wagner Society of South Australia, March 31, 2011.. for an article from the February 2012 issue of.. that gives correspondence and background on this issue of great importance to Wagnerians and Wagner societies worldwide..

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