Special Topics

This new section contains essays and articles of special and lasting interest that could not be included in Wagner Notes, our bimonthly publication for members. Check it often for new items. 


Austrian Cultural Forum Exhibition by Michael Sherwin
       A reduced  version of this article was published in the April 2017 issue of Wagner Notes.

That Bayreuth Season by Verena Kossodo
At the invitation of Wagner Notes editor Harry L. Wagner, Verena wrote this reminiscence of her early life, meeting and marrying her husband Gunter, and their first Bayreuth trip. It was published in the April 2013 issue of Wagner Notes.

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 Wagner Notes, 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. Handout at October 17, 2012 program.

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 in 2009. For the complete article, go to the Links page and then click on that Society.

"Wagner in Comix and 'Toons" by F. Peter Phillips.
       A study of the treatment of Wagner's music dramas in comic books and animated cartoons.

"One Hundred Years of the Richard Wagner Congress" by Josef Lienhart
       Address by Josef Lienhart, 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

Bayreuth Ticket Allocation Issue
here for an article from the February 2012 issue of  Wagner Notes that gives correspondence and background on this issue of great importance to Wagnerians and Wagner societies worldwide.


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